Research

Design object.

This video highlights student work from Lecturer J.D. Albert’s spring 2016 elective course, ARCH 638 Mechanisms for Design.

Map of emerging megaregions.

Source: Regional Plan Association

Megaregions are large networks of metropolitan regions that share environmental systems, topography, infrastructure, and economic implications. Cooperative Mobility for Competitive Megaregions (CM-2) is a five-year project to conduct mobility research, provide education and workforce development, and deliver technology transfer for mobility enhancement and economic competitiveness in U.S megaregions. The project is funded by a highly competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to “address critical transportation challenges facing our nation.”

Mall City. Hong Kong's Dreamworlds of consumption. Edited by Stefan Al.

Of all cities, Hong Kong has the densest and tallest concentration of malls, sandwiched between subways and skyscrapers. Its malls are also the most visited and have become cities in and of cities in and of themselves, accommodating tens of thousands of people who live, work, and play within a single structure.

Hatch is a collection of conversations that took place at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design during the spring of 2015. The conversations were led by a group of students and hosted one or two faculty members. The purpose of the conversations was to interrogate the current status of architectural discourse and the implications of the quick image within that status. Contributing faculty include Kutan Ayata, Josh Freese, Ferda Kolatan, Michael Loverich, Eduardo Rega, Andrew Saunders, and Tom Wiscombe with a foreword by Nate Hume.

In A House in the Sun: Modern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War (Oxford University Press), Assistant Professor of Architecture Daniel Barber revisits the solar-energy experiments during the Cold War and looks at how architecture has engaged with environmental issues. Combining the history of architecture with geopolitical considerations, the book illuminates current debates around energy, architecture, and climate.

A Landscape Symposium. Penn Landscape Dialogues
WHAT

The University of Pennsylvania School of Design Department of Landscape Architecture is convening the first in a triennial series of symposia that brings together a range of emerging voices actively engaged in advancing landscape as medium of contemporary culture.

The event and corresponding publication promote work from across the spectrum of landscape-engaged practice, including, but not limited to: academic research, design research, design practice, policy, advocacy, technology and history.

Map of section of Atlantic city.

A full survey of the downtown region of Atlantic Avenue was conducted in an effort to understand the modern-day landscape of one of Atlantic City's main avenues and cultural corridors. This diagram depicts a mostly institutional and commercial area of the avenue. The full report can be read here

Select student work from past Historic Preservation studios. Location of the site and the studio teams are indicated below each report.

Two people looking at photographs.

PennPraxis worked with the Fairmount Park Conservancy (FPC) on two long-term projects in conjunction with their Reimagining the Civic Commons (RCC) initiative, funded by the Knight Foundation and the William Penn Foundation

Innovation through the centuries. Pennovation Works

PennPraxis is engaged with the University of Pennsylvania Facilities and Real Estate Services to deliver a historical research and interpretation strategy for the Pennovation Works campus. Pennovation Works is Penn’s new hub for research and innovation, located in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Grays Ferry. The 23-acre campus operated as a paint manufacturing and a chemical research facility for more than a century.

Nyamata Church

Nyamata Church. Photo by Randall Mason.

Conservation of Rwanda’s national genocide memorials grows with urgency each passing year.  Deterioration of buildings, sites, and artifacts threaten the ability of Rwandans to mourn, commemorate and interpret the deeply meaningful and troubling events surrounding the 1994 genocide.  This project directly addresses the conservation of Rwandan national genocide memorials through a combined program of training Rwandan professionals and carrying out conservation directly at the memorial sites.

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