Research

The Oldfields estate and allée approaching the Lilly House

Not all of the Indianapolis Museum of Art's prized collections are located inside its building; in fact, some of the most famous works in the museum's collections are buildings themselves. As part of its 126-acre campus in Indianapolis and its satellite property in Columbus, Indiana, the IMA owns and manages several significant historic properties, including the Oldfields estate (designed in part by the Olmsted Brothers) and the world-renowned Miller House (designed by Eero Saarinen).

"The position allowed me to travel out west for the first time with weekends and breaks between projects left open to explore this breathtaking part of the United States. On site I was able to use what I had learned in both the lab and classroom in addition to developing new skills all while working in a professional group setting." - Caroline Dickensheets  (MSHP'19)

Summer internships with a preservation-related organization are completed by our graduate students between their first and second years of study. Although internship opportunities vary, students typically perform site and condition surveys, documentation, inventories, mapping, historical research, feasibility studies, material analysis and treatment, etc.

Click below to see compilations of summer internships:

Philly Free Streets 2016. By Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

Held on September 24, 2016, Philadelphia's first Philly Free Streets temporarily closed streets to create a continuous, vehicle-free path from South Street to West Fairmount Park, designed to encourage free movement across neighborhoods. The event was influenced by Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia in September 2015, which required heavy security, and thus road closures throughout Center City for multiple days.

By Weitzman School Associate Professor Karen M'Closkey and Senior Lecturer Keith VanDerSys

Rebooting New England sets forth a strategy to rebuild the economy of New England’s cities, which have been bypassed economically and physically for decades. This strategy is underpinned by a modern high-performance rail network between New York and Boston that would link all of Southern New England’s major cities with these two global cities and with each other. This would serve to integrate the labor and housing markets of the entire New York - New England megaregion into what could become the world’s largest innovation economy.

Thermodynamic Principles of Environmental Building Design, in three parts.

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.

This report seeks to improve and increase the utility of building information collected over the years, using development of pertinent energy metrics for tailored reports, as well as mathematical techniques to verify correlations.

Energy, carbon, and financial analysis of climate action plan scenarios for buildings.
Investigating the development of a game about energy sustainability.
A report on Phase I of this project, as well as a proposal for delivering an evaluation of the energy pathways for the Philadelphia Region in Phase II.

Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill, late afternoon, flickr photo by George Berstein

Philadelphia is known as a city of neighborhoods. So how do we help these areas of the City preserve their unique qualities? PennPraxis’ recent work with the Chestnut Hill Conservancy is a demonstration of how this can happen.

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