Research

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Pennsport Waterfront
Spring 2021 Public Realm Studio

What is the 21st century urban third place? Typically, the third place (the place that follows home and work as a term coined by sociologist Ray Oldenburg in 1989 in his book The Great Good Place) fulfills our human needs for socialization, brings our communities together, and allows us to flourish as a society. These are spaces we choose to occupy and revisit again and again. In an urban context, third places and public realms are often interchangeable.

two images showing a radiant ceiling cooling panel and a global map of potential naturally ventilated zone

Dorit Aviv, Kian Wee Chen, Eric Teitelbaum, Denon Sheppard, Jovan Pantelic, Adam Rysanek, Forrest Meggers

Increased fresh air supply may double energy costs when operating a conventional HVAC system. This article proposes an alternative HVAC solution which couples novel radiant systems with natural ventilation.

We estimate this solution would address thermal comfort needs in all major climate zones. Where adopted, this solution could reduce building HVAC energy demand by 10–45%.

Penn Bus West headed west on Walnut Street

Penn Bus East and West run on fixed routes in the evenings seven days a week (Photo credit: Penn FRES)

Commuting and long-distance travel are key contributors to the carbon footprint of the University of Pennsylvania.Understanding the travel choices that members of the Penn community make can allow the University to create programs to lessen Penn’s overall environmental impact and move towards University-wide carbon goals. Work-related travel was disrupted by Covid-19, and this disruption presents an opportunity to build a new, more sustainable transportation future. But to create this future, we need your help.

Map of Philadelphia with colored zones

Locational value in Center City Philadelphia, UME/EAB, ratio of urban emergy to assets and inputs, showing that the pattern of investment and decay around the city center.

This paper examines the metabolism of urban location, which is offered as a contribution to the expansion of urban metabolism analysis beyond the largely biophysical methods of mass-energy-balance and emergy accounting. But how does the real estate logic of location enter the stock and flow calculations of urban metabolism, and how can it help us better understand the physiology of a more sustainable city? A new, locational quantity, EL, is defined as the additional emergy value obtained by a tract of urban land due to interconnection with the other land parcels in the city.

Black and white image of group seated on sofa in wood paneled room

Source: Vienna (Austria), University of Applied Arts, Vienna, Art Collection and Archive, Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky Papers, “Chinareise,” 1934, Photos, F/CJ/1.

In the 1930s and the 1950s China recruited thousands of foreign "experts” to consult on programs to modernize the country. Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky (1897–2000), an Austrian architect and postwar member of the Communist Party, was invited to participate in these programs in both periods. Today Schütte-Lihotzky has been canonized in this history of architecture for her interwar contributions to modern housing and educational institutions in Austria, Germany, the Soviet Union, and Turkey.

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Welcome to the 29th edition of Panorama, the Weitzman School of Design’s City and Regional Planning student journal. The work included in this year’s Panorama explores critical planning across a diverse set of environmental and regional contexts – preparing for the multifaceted global climate crisis, confronting legacies of colonialism in planning traditions and built environments, and building more responsive and equitable transportation systems.

Tali Flatte operating a total station at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park.

"This internship provided the opportunity to experience working at a National Park and to observe how cultural resource management functions in real time."

Tali Flatté (MSHP '21) shares her summer internship experience. 

ONLINE Lecture

Join Mark Gardner, William Braham, and Achilles Kallergis for a conversation about the Ger for the 21st century that will focus on William’s work with the Center for Environmental Building + Design (CEBD) at the University of Pennsylvania he has been developing for the last 4 years. That project grew into a collaboration with UNICEF, Arc’teryx, North Face, and KieranTimberlake Architects to test new construction assemblies and evaluate the thermal behavior of ger over time.

Drawing depicting a floating wood structure on a concret hull with small diagrams of orientation optimization study

Dorit Aviv

Floating structures for urban waterfronts are a potential adaptation strategy to sea-level rise, but how do you provide energy and water to these off-grid buildings? For the past year we have been working with on energy and water self-sufficiency strategies for waterfront buildings.

Read more about this research in the recent issue of the Water Exchange

drawing depicting a floating wood structure on a concret hull with small diagrams of orientation optimization study

Dorit Aviv

Floating structures for urban waterfronts are a potential adaptation strategy to sea-level rise, but how do you provide energy and water to these off-grid buildings? For the past year we have been working with on energy and water self-sufficiency strategies for waterfront buildings.

Read more about this research in the recent issue of the Water Exchange

cover of Grays Ferry Plan for Advocacy report

Philadelphia has a rich history replete with stories of incredible triumph by community organizers and grassroots organizations. Grays Ferry has continued to play a key role in organizing, especially as issues of environmental injustice bubble to the surface of wider public consciousness – leaving lasting legacies of disparate health outcomes, residential segregation, and correspondingly fewer opportunities for economic mobility.

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