Fairhill, a characteristic postindustrial neighborhood in North Philadelphia, embodies a complex social history reflective of the city's evolution through three centuries. Centered on a Quaker burial ground, the neighborhood flourished during the late 19th and early 20th centuries when Philadelphia emerged as the industrial "workshop of the world." With the waning of the industrial era, a large portion of the workforce followed industries from the inner city to the urban periphery, resulting in a significant loss of middle- and upper-class wealth.

St. Andrew's Chapel, a former divinity school chapel in West Philadelphia, was designed in the Collegiate Gothic style in 1925 by Philadelphia architects Zantzinger, Borie & Medary. Nationally recognized artisans were commissioned to execute the chapel's spectacular decorative program in woodwork, wrought iron, stained glass, and gilding and painted finishes. The building was vacated in the 1970s and has since been without a steady use, in part due to the relatively small amount of usable space in its soaring vertical design. It is owned by the University of Pennsylvania.

The thesis is a requirement for the Master of Science in Historic Preservation and a foundation of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation’s curriculum.  Mastery of the research process is essential for professional success and the progressive evolution of the field.  The thesis is therefore required as a capstone course intended to demonstrate competency in the field, accomplishment in a chosen area of specialization, and the capacity to perform independent research.

Character studies are a promising new model for historic resource surveys. The Character Study Project (CSP) is designed to address immediate practical needs as well as long-term strategic issues in the planning and preservation fields.

The WORK series documents student work in design studios and courses each year, as well as events, faculty news and student awards. It also includes abstracts of PhD dissertations defended that year.

Department Publications Archive

This year's journal's theme is Overlays and Intersections.

The 2011 student published Panoram explores the them of POST I

This issue of Panorama goes from The Studio to the Streets (recasting the role of planning).

"Leveraging with Less" expresses the demands and possibilities to consider when planning for the future of cities.  In this year's Panorama, our authors aim to discover how planning interventions can work within the existing conditions- or upend them- to find the best possible outcome for cities.


Read the current issue of Panorama.

"Mend the Gap" refers to the need for planners to recognize that a gap between today's planning trends and the public's perceptions of them does exist. The articles in this year's Panorama seek to reconcile this gap by directly tackling some of the muddier trends and thornier perceptions that personify the current era of planning.

Panorama is the annual academic publication of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennslyvania School of Design. A student-run publication, it surveys contemporary planning issues and reflects the interests and mindset of the graduate master of city planning students at the university. Please click on a links below to view past issues. Past issues are also available in hard copy. Please contact Kate Daniel at for requests.

In the northeastern United States, many cities feel that they are on the losing end of a stratified society, having suffered decades of job losses and out-migration with ever-declining industry.  But at the same time, citizens and leaders in these cities are doing the hard work of revitalization.  Their visions, planning, and building are starting to attract new people, activity, and investment.  What this studio set out to understand is whether revitalization- with all the public and private resources that it captures- can be a vehicle for reducing inequities for the broader