cover photo of Aquidneck Island Studio Report

The Rhode Island Sea Level Rise Studio analyzes the risks of Aquidneck Island, RI, due to sea level rise and proposes 5 projects to improve the island's resiliency and sustainability.

A radiant cooling pavilion with orange-painted steel frame and panelize walls in a site in Singapore

Eric Teitelbaum, Kian Wee Chen, Dorit Aviv, Kipp Bradford, Lea Ruefenacht, Denon Sheppard, Megan Teitelbaum, Forrest Meggers, Jovan Pantelic, Adam Rysanek

Hands holding a piece of a filter with plants to be inserted into a building opening

Daniel A. Barber, Ahu Aydogan, Dorit Aviv, Marta Gutman

In this piece, architects Ahu Aydogan and Dorit Aviv along with the architectural historians Daniel A. Barber and PLATFORM’s Marta Gutman discuss air quality during the pandemic. Daniel, a historian of architectural environmentalism, convened this discussion inviting Ahu and Dorit, designers and researchers specializing in the fields of energy and ecology, and Marta, an historian of children’s spaces, to the “table.”

SMART Sensor and MaRTy Cart on Temple campus in Philadelphia

Dorit Aviv, Hongshan Guo, Ariane Middel, Forrest Meggers

Instruments measuring the outdoor radiant environment are limited spatially. They aggregate observations to singular points, eliminating variations from surrounding surface temperatures. Computational methods can characterize the heterogeneous outdoor radiant environment, but spatial validation with accurate tools remains difficult. We use two novel sensing platforms (MaRTy and SMaRT) and an innovative computational validation method to explore Mean Radiant Temperature (MRT) spatial variation outdoors.

Three researchers with clipboards, masked and distanced, face the camera posed against a brick building

Maggie Sollman, Rohan Lewis, and Kecia Fong survey the hospital's north facade during the summer fieldwork season. (Photo: Starr Herr-Cardillo)

PennPraxis and the Center for Architectural Conservation are developing a Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for the Pennsylvania Hospital, located in Philadelphia’s Center City. Over the summer, the project team had the pleasure of working with Praxis Fellows Rohan Lewis (MLA ’21) and Maggie Sollman (HSPV ’21). Rohan and Maggie assisted with field work, including archival research and documentation. They synthesized research findings into illustrative graphics showing the evolution of the site and structures over time.

Diagram of Philadelphia region

Diagram of Philadelphia region illustrating the benefit received by two different locations, an exurban center, Norristown CBD, and a rural township, Bass River, NJ. Each receives some benefit from each of the other 1,378 census tracts, but the UME of Norristown is double its EAB, while that of Bass River is reduced to 70%.

William W. Braham and Jae Min Lee

indoor particle dynamic processes

Indoor particle dynamic processes

Nan Ma, Dorit Aviv, Hongshan Guo, William W. Braham

Ger in Ulaanbaatar

Weitzman's Stephanie Carlisle with GerHub"s Uurtsaikh Sangi seen conducting interviews with residents in the Ger District in Ulaanbaatar. 

Landscape of cows grazing in pasture with blue skies and puffy clouds

The Farm of the Future is a series of dialogues that gathered diverse thinkers and doers to work collaboratively on opportunities to increase animal health and the sustainability of agriculture--which are interconnected with the health of humans and the earth.

Diagram showing blockchain network connected to black cubes with sensor symbols and people silouhettes inside them

BlockPenn: Distributed Energy Monitoring and Environmental Sensing Network Using Blockchain/IoT Infrastructure

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Dorit Aviv, Co-PI

William W. Braham, Co-PI

Max Hakkarainen, PhD student, Architecture

Debadeepta Tagore, M.S. Student, Electrical Engineering

Adwayt Nadkarni, M.S. Student, Electrical Engineering

Nancy Ma, PhD student, Architecture

Lawn chair in foreground surrounded by lush greenery in an indoor warehouse with tent in background

Fresh Air Everywhere: Virtual Design Studio was an interactive virtual course offered to 150 Fresh Air Fund youth ages 14-17, launched in the Summer of 2020. The Fresh Air Fund is a not-for-profit agency that provides life-changing summer experiences for children from New York City’s underserved communities.



For UNICEF’s “Ger for the 21st Century” project in the winter of 2018-19, the thermal behavior of twelve Mongolian ger were studied in detail: five Occupied Ger in Ulaanbaatar, six Test Ger at a “ger ranch” outside the city, and one highly instrumented Penn Ger at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. The study was conducted in support of programs by UNICEF and Ger Hub to reduce or eliminate coal consumption in the ger district. The result of that study confirmed that a better insulated ger could be heated affordably with electricity.