Research

Associate Professor Andrew Saunders' research explores how emerging technology provides unprecedented access to Baroque architecture’s formal complexities, intricate detail, and deep topological structure.

Daniel A. Barber
A House in the Sun describes a number of experiments in solar house heating in American architectural, engineering, political, economic, and corporate contexts from the beginning of World War II until the late 1950s.

Edited by Dan Willis, William W. Braham, Katsuhiko Muramoto, Daniel A. Barber
Organized into a collection containing both examples of best practices and critiques, this impressive array of projects and contributors combines text and graphic material to explore different representations of energy data.

Edited by Franca Trubiano
Routledge, 2012

Both professionals and students are increasingly committed to achieving high-performance metrics in the design, construction and operation of residential buildings. This book responds to this demand by offering a comprehensive guide which features:

Edited by William W. Braham and Daniel Willis
Architecture and Energy provides architects and architectural theorists with more durable arguments for environmental design decisions, arguments addressing three different scales or aspects of contemporary construction.

A Publication of the Department of Architecture at PennDesign

The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation launched a website, www.cultural-landscapes.org, that presents five years of research conducted for the National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with the Chesapeake Watershed Cooperative Studies Unit, under the leadership of Associate Professor Randall Mason. The research spans Washington’s geography from Fort Foote at the southernmost tip of the capital to Rock Creek Golf Course near the city’s northern boundary, and represents the social, cultural, architectural, and recreational development of the federal city over the past three centuries.

Contemporary urban design and planning discourse have a conspicuous dearth of work oriented towards otherwise healthy urban conditions characterized by population contraction. What scholarship does exist on “shrinkage” is primarily oriented towards those landscapes that result from population losses tied to failing economic conditions. But what happens when an economy is (relatively) healthy, not to mention technologically advanced, yet its population is beginning a process of radical contraction?

Hunts Point LIfelines, Bronx, New York

The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design/PennPraxis, in partnership with OLIN, led one of the 6 winning entries in the Rebuild by Design competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (2013-2014).

The chance for PennDesign students to engage with local community groups and projects for an extended amount of time in a meaningful capacity is often limited to design studios and a few special occasions throughout their time in the School of Design. Additionally, at a time when a design-thinking approach and interdisciplinary collaboration are becoming essential to the successful development of projects at community, national, and global scales, PennDesign graduate students have a growing duty to prioritize genuine engagement with the communities for which they are designing.

The shortage of affordable rental units is a national reality, but is particularly profound in the city of Philadelphia. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a household is rent-burdened if the occupants spend over 30 percent of income on rent, and severely rent-burdened when they spend over 50 percent. In Philadelphia, 87 percent of extremely low-income households are rent-burdened, and 74 percent are severely rent-burdened.


The University of Pennsylvania’s large urban campus produces environmental impacts in many different ways.

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