Research

Over the Spring 2018 semester, students developed public realm projects to imporve low- and moderate- income neighborhoods in Queretaro, Mexico.  They began the project by analyzing the city of Querataro to identify neighborhood typologies.  During a week-long site visit, students presented initial project ideas for six key neighborhoods to their clients at teh Municipality of Queratoro's Secretary of Mobility.  Fundamentally, this studio is aimed at addressing inequality. 

Artwork by Andee Mazzocco, Saygrid

PennPraxis, the engagement and consulting arm of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, has published a new white paper entitled Civic Infrastructure: Sustaining and Sharing the Value of Parks, Libraries, and Other Public Assets that calls on practitioners, advocates, funders, designers, and others involved in civic asset redevelopment to think about the unfolding of projects at multiple scales (site, system and policy), over a longer timeframe, through an “ecosystem” lens highlighting the importance of partnerships.

Students at work on Masonry Tectonics

This funded seminar and workshop organized and led by Associate Professor Franca Trubiano introduced students to the subject of masonry tectonics by investigating new design opportunities made possible by clay brick and terracotta tile materials. 

Welcome to the 26th edition of Panorama, PennDesign’s City and Regional Planning student journal. As a student-run publication, we strive to represent the very best work of the School of Design. This year is no exception. The work included in the 2018 edition of Panorama explore international and domestic planning

The East Side Coastal Resiliency project (ESCR) originates from the Rebuild by Design competition (RBD), in which New York City was awarded $335 million in HUD Community Development Block Grants - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding to implement the first phase of the Big U concept.

Climate Ready East Boston and Charlestown is an initiative to generate district-scale solutions to flooding from sea level rise and coastal storms, building upon recommendations from the 2016 Climate Ready Boston report.

Anuradha Mathur photographing Jodhpur Fort

This immersive research and pedagogical project brings together diverse ways of engaging cultural and ecological practices, practices that cannot be separated from an environmental and material embeddedness in place. The focus is on Barmer, a district in the Thar Desert of western Rajasthan in India that is a vibrant and dynamic landscape inextricably woven with its people, materials, and practices.

Photo: Shannon Garrison

This initiative, led by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at PennDesign, began in the spring of 2012. From January through May, an interdisciplinary studio participated in the Parks for the People design competition, a collaboration between the National Park Service and the Van Alen Institute. The competition invited student and faculty teams from around the country to reimagine America's most spectacular public places - its national parks.

An overview of Ferda Kolatan's 701 Studio's design of a new entrance area into the Battery Tunnel in New York City.

M presents a selection of new international work out of the renowned architecture studio, Morphosis, led by Thoms Mayne.

An annual publication of the Department of Architecture.

Hatch is a collection of conversations that took place at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design during the spring of 2015.

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