Research

Woodland area.

The Graduate Program in Historic Preservation launched a website, www.cultural-landscapes.org, that presents five years of research conducted for the National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with the Chesapeake Watershed Cooperative Studies Unit, under the leadership of Associate Professor Randall Mason. The research spans Washington’s geography from Fort Foote at the southernmost tip of the capital to Rock Creek Golf Course near the city’s northern boundary, and represents the social, cultural, architectural, and recreational development of the federal city over the past three centuries.

Flow charts for energy usage.

This dissertation suggests a new framework and indices of building performance evaluation based on an eco-systemic approach.

Black and white photos depicting water scarcity and water abundance.

The correlation between work and water exemplifies the classic parable of technological innovation, in which human labor is replaced by mechanical (or hydraulic) ingenuity and the amounts of work (or water) that can be delivered are dramatically increased.

Map of Chautauqua Game

This paper presents the results of a simplified method for reconfiguring a small city and rural county to support its current population on the environmental energies available within the boundaries of the county.

Flow chart of regional energy

Energy systems diagram of Delaware Valley Region.

 

William W. Braham, Evan Oskierko-Jeznacki, Jae Min Lee, Barry Silverman, Nasrin Khansari

Slums. How Informal Real Estate Markets Work

Slums: How Informal Real Estate Markets Work (University of Pennsylvania, 2016) shows that unauthorized settlements in rapidly growing cities are not divorced from market forces; rather, they must be understood as complex environments where state policies and market actors still do play a role.

Environmental Readings 2016

From the Foreword:

Beyond Mobility. Planning Cities of People and Places.

Cities across the globe have been designed with a primary goal of moving people around quickly—and the costs are becoming ever more apparent. The consequences are measured in smoggy air basins, sprawling suburbs, a failure to stem traffic congestion, and 1.25 million traffic fatalities each year. It is clear that change is needed. Instead of planning primarily for mobility, our cities should recalibrate planning and design to focus on the safety, health, and access of people in them.

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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.

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