Research

Students reading a poster board display.

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.

Illustration of possible future flooding of Boston

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.

Person photographing Jodhpur Fort

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.

Woodland area.

Photo: Shannon Garrison

In partnership with the National Park Service, the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation has worked on projects related to cultural landscapes in Washington, D.C. since the spring of 2012. This collaboration dates back to the 2012 - 2013 Parks for the People competition, organized by the Van Alen Institute and the National Park Service, when a PennDesign interdisciplinary studio was named a finalist in that competition.

Respiratory Object. Ferda Kolatan // 701 Design Studio 2016

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

Cover of M by Morphosis

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

Cover of pressing matters 7

An annual publication of the Department of Architecture.

Cover of HATCH

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

Ruins of building in dessert.

There is a growing crisis of traditional building craft skills at the global scale, accompanied by a critical knowledge and skills gap between trade schools and graduate conservation programs. To address that gap, the Architectural Conservation Laboratory (ACL) is developing a preservation training strategy to guide the technical preservation of cultural resources in the National Park Service’s Vanishing Treasures Program

Ger test ranch.

Test site of 6 heavily instrumented ger with various improvements

Working with UNICEF and the Mongolian non-profit GerHub, a team from PennDesign’s Center for Environmental Building and Design and KieranTimberlake Architects is auditing the thermal performance of six improved ger at a test site and five occupied ger in the ger district of Ulaanbaatar.

High and Low. Realigning Housing Incentives to Promote Equitable Development.

MCP 2018 students, Gabrielle Nelson and Joanna Joye, served as Managing Editors on this report which evolved out of John Kromer's Politics of Housing & Urban Development class.

This report describes some of the most significant costs and benefits associated with two categories of Philadelphia housing programs: the ten-year tax abatement, which provides an incentive for housing development and improvement; and low-cost housing interventions that prevent homelessness and enable owner-occupants to remain in healthy and safe homes.

Philly 2060

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