Research

Rendering of PennBike installed in front of the Fisher Fine Arts Library

Rendering of PennBike installed in front of the Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of Pennsylvania. Image credit: Fierro & Sabin

Ever have a problem finding a place to lock your bike? Annette Fierro, Associate Professor of Architecture at PennDesign found the existing bike racks on UPenn’s campus lacking and overall dysfunctional. She joined forces with the Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia, PennPraxis and Jenny Sabin, then a lecturer in the Department of Architecture, and now Assistant Professor of Architecture at Cornell University, to search for a better solution.

Spearheaded by PennDesign Associate Professor of Architecture Franca Trubiano, a coalition launched a project between 2013-2014 that would identify the type and scope of Building Information Modeling (BIM) resources that would affect future construction and management activities at the University of Pennsylvania.

Old factory with trees growing around.

National Portland Cement Complex. Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Photo Credit: Preston Hull

The value of Lehigh Valley is visualized across its industrial landscapes where the architectural remains of quarries, kilns and mills from the last two centuries are part of the history of the nation’s great industrial era. During the 19th century and into the early 20th century, Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania was a major player in the development of extractive industries including steel and cement production, coal mining, and slate quarrying.

Map of UPenn campus with different types of buildings labeled.

University of Pennsylvania campus building map, utility connections labeled, Carbon Action Plan Report, 2012. 

Since 2006, the Center for Environmental Building & Design (CEBD), a faculty research and consulting unit located in the School of Design, has been at the center of the University’s environmental efforts.

Section of trail with river and trees in background.

New trail segment north of Bartram's Gardens will connect to renovated Schuylkill River Swing Bridge

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, working with its primary partners the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC) and the John Bartram Association (JBA), led a process to reimagine what it is calling “Bartram’s Mile,” which is one mile of currently vacant river frontage along the western banks of the Tidal Schuylkill between Grays Ferry Avenue and 58th Street.

Two copies of pressing matters 4

A Publication of the Department of Architecture at PennDesign

Visualization of potential project on the Delaware River.

PennPraxis facilitated a civic engagement process and design and infrastructure plan for 1,100 acres (445 hectares) of the Central Delaware riverfront. In total, over 6,000 Philadelphian’s participated in the public process and played a crucial role in dening the future of the city’s riverfront.

Several boats in a harbor.

Mumbai, a dense, vibrant, and complex metropolitan region of 21 million inhabitants serves as the financial, commercial, and entertainment capital of the country. The city aspires to emerge as a major global city in the 21st Century, but continues to face a variety of economic, social, infrastructural, and environmental concerns. Mumbai’s economic drivers and employment generators are shifting, economic inequality is growing, and its demand for affordable housing far exceeds its supply.

LA+LB 2050 Balancing the global and the local in a working port environment
LA+LB 2050 is an ambitious, timely, and systematic plan to enhance the resilience of the Los Angeles and Long Beach waterfront over the next 35 years. This plan recognizes a need for robust resilience planning in the Los Angeles and Long Beach communities along the San Pedro Bay. As the home of the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach, the LA/LB waterfront is a critical economic engine for both the state and the nation. The communities neighboring the ports, however, are characterized by vast social, economic, and environmental disparities.
Cartagena 2040| Rethinking the role of tourism in a dynamic and growing city

Cartagena 2040: Rethinking the Role of Tourism in a Dynamic and Growing City is a plan put forth by ten graduate students in the City & Regional Planning program at the University of Pennsylvania. This plan was created through the Resilient Waterfronts studio in the fall semester of 2015 with the guidance of Ferdinando Micale, a principal at Wallace, Roberts, and Todd, a design firm in Philadelphia.

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