Research

Kirigami cooling panel

NSF Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER):

Environmentally responsive, water harvesting and self-cooling building envelopes

Prof. Shu Yang, MSE CBE SEAS, University of Pennsylvania
Prof. William W. Braham, CEBD, University of Pennsylvania
Prof. Jie Yin, Mechanical Engineering, Temple University
Max Hakkarainen, CEBD, University of Pennsylvania
Evan Oskierko-Jeznacki, CEBD, University of Pennsylvania

Water Vapor harvesting for self-cooling

Map of poverty rates in detroit.

This PennPlanning Equity Initiative working paper explores the most extreme form of income segregation: the case in which most of a community’s poor residents are concentrated in just one or a few neighborhoods. It uses recent data from the American Community Survey to catalog the extent of spatially-concentrated poverty among U.S. metropolitan areas. 

Bay area seen from space

Bionic’s proposal aims to compound large-scale value through early adaptation.

Sign sayin 'Bus, railway'

This PennPlanning Equity Initiative (PPEI) working paper uses recent data from the American Community Survey to investigate whether residents of minority and poor neighborhoods in America’s largest metropolitan areas suffer from systematic accessibility and mobility disparities.

A Future With Water: Sea Level Rise in Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s relationship with water has long been a defining portion of the state’s identity. However, the towns, industries, and communities that were formed around the advantages of being close to the Narragansett Bay are now threatened by the results of climate change including sea level rise, storm surge, and coastal erosion. The state’s progressive policies on sea level rise and climate change put it at the forefront of research, data analysis, and policies that address climate change.

New Prospects for New England cover

This report summarizes the findings and recommendations of the 2019 "New Prospects for New England" studio.  The 2019 studio builds upon the conclusions of the 2016 Rebooting New England studio which proposed the creation of a modern passenger rail network linking all of New England's "left behind" mid-sized cities with New York City and Boston. 

This studio focuses on three key elements of this broader rail and economic development strategy:

Map of project.

Matthijs Bouw, SAS professor Simon Richter and The Water Center at Penn are members of the One Resilient Semarang team for Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)-initiated Water as Leverage challenge. 

Students working on historic preservation project.

Professor Pamela Hawkes and students Caroline Dickensheets and Elizabeth Trumbell examine the framing below the floor in the First Library.

Powderham Castle is located south of Exeter on the banks of the River Exe in Devon, England. The 3500-acre site, comprised of a remarkable assemblage of historic buildings and landscapes, has remained in private ownership by the same family for 600 years, yet received little study to date.  Over centuries and generations, the family has adapted their seat, prominently positioned along an important trade route on the River Exe, to conform to contemporary  fashions and to accommodate changing needs.

With funding from the Fels Policy Initiative, Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning Vincent Reina is working with an interdisciplinary team of scholars to study the impact and mitigation of lead in Philadelphia’s aging housing stock.

In research supported by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, Assistant Professor of City & Regional Planning Vincent Reina presents a new method to model household energy cost burdens based on actual energy use patterns at the building level across several major U.S. cities.

Bicycle path

Under the leadership of Associate Professor Megan Ryerson, the Center for Safe Mobility at Penn is pioneering a fundamental shift in how roadway safety is understood and evaluated by developing new ways to measure safety with proactive, user-based metrics.

Professor Tom Daniels is conducting the first analysis of the economic impact of Pennsylvania’s farmland preservation program.

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