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In 2018, PennPraxis led the Historic Preservation Citizen Engagement Project, bringing the conversation started by the Mayor’s Task Force on Historic Preservation (Task Force) to neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia. The project was funded by the William Penn Foundation, and was led by PennPraxis Managing Director Julie Donofrio and Research Associate Molly Lester. Its resulting Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit (Toolkit) is a new, free resource to build a larger, broader constituency for preservation in Philadelphia.

57 Pavilions is a 21st-century manual documenting architectural design research at PennDesign examining new potentials for part to whole assemblies where experiments in material expression, morphology, performance and culture fuse with advanced digital design processes and fabrication to produce fullscale architectural consequences.

A Publication of the Department of Architecture at PennDesign

Artwork by Andee Mazzocco, Saygrid

PennPraxis, the engagement and consulting arm of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, has published a new white paper entitled Civic Infrastructure: Sustaining and Sharing the Value of Parks, Libraries, and Other Public Assets that calls on practitioners, advocates, funders, designers, and others involved in civic asset redevelopment to think about the unfolding of projects at multiple scales (site, system and policy), over a longer timeframe, through an “ecosystem” lens highlighting the importance of partnerships.

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

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

An annual publication of the Department of Architecture.

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

In Making Plans: How to Engage with Landscape, Design, and the Urban Environment (University of Texas Press, 2018), Dean Frederick Steiner offers a primer on the planning process through a lively, first-hand account of developing plans for the city of Austin and the University of Texas campus.

Every landscape has a history—geological, ecological, and cultural. The combination and circumstances of their interaction through time has resulted in some regions and communities being seen as of special character and value. It is an irony that many places considered beautiful that attract visitors and tourists from around the world are fragile and struggle with many of the problems that exists elsewhere, that these tourists are trying to leave behind, and are threatened by tidal surges of these very same pleasure-seeking visitors. The Val D’Orcia in southern Tuscany is such a place.

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.

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