Architecture and Systems Ecology: Thermodynamic Principles of Environmental Building Design in Three Parts.

Thermodynamic Principles of Environmental Building Design, in three parts.

Design and Construction of High-Performance Homes.

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.

Panorama. Volume 25 // spring 2017

Welcome to Panorama, PennDesign’s City and Regional Planning journal. Panorama is a student-run publication, collecting the best of students’ work from around the School of Design. You’ll notice that the articles this year range in size, scope, and location. This is purposeful. We believe that Panorama should reflect the work of PennDesign students from around the world, and the cities that influence our daily lives.

CYCLE, QRO. Promoting equitable bicycle planning in the Municipality of Queretaro, Mexico

Queretaro is a flourishing city of nearly 1 million people in central Mexico, located 220km from the capital, Mexico City, within the economically burgeoning Bajio region. A culturally important historic center, Queretaro benefits from a year-round temperate climate, a strong and growing industrial economy, and political leadership invested in increasing multimodal access to all parts of the city for all of its residents through the implementation of progressive bicycle infrastructure planning.

Reservoir Hill a Baltimore Eco District.

Reservoir Hill is a historic, residential neighborhood in centralwest Baltimore. It was initially developed as a gateway to Druid Hill Park, an important and large park in Baltimore. Over time, the neighborhood’s historic estates developed into smaller rowhomes and apartment complexes giving the neighborhood a unique fabric. Although Reservoir Hill lost neighborhood retail during the 1960 riots in Baltimore and a large portion of its population as well, there has been recent effort in reinvigorating its commerce and rehabbing the historic homes.

Palazzos of power. Central station of the Philadelphia electric company 1900-1930

Cover photograph by Joseph Elliott

A collaboration of Associate Professor Aaron Wunsch and lecturer Joseph Elliott, recent book 'Palazzos of Power' examines Philadelphia power generating stations built by PECO between 1900-1930.

Voto Nacional Bogota, Columbia. A responsible urban renewal plan.

Executive Summary: A responsible Plan for Renewal


Crime and violence have defined the neighborhood of Voto Nacional for decades. In the heart of Bogotá, this once thriving neighborhood has experienced rapid economic decline. Once vibrant street life has been supplanted by violent illicit activities and concentrated poverty. This crime and violence radiates from a set of blocks, called El Bronx, located in the very center of Voto Nacional.

In the 1990s, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) prohibited airport sponsors (local authorities managing airports) from diverting airport revenue to general municipal budgets and allowed the busiest airports to create air service incentive programs (ASIPs) to induce airlines to launch new air service. These incentive programs have not been evaluated, although planners need information on their long-term effectiveness. 

Two copies of pressing matters 5

A Publication of the Department of Architecture at PennDesign

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.

Landscape Volume 33, Number 1, 2015

In Spring 2015, graduate students from the cultural landscape studies course (HSPV 538) created an homage to J.B. Jackson and his Landscape magazine – a “new,” Philadelphia-themed issue of the long-defunct journal.

Public realm studio 2016 Spring PENNDESIGN

Canal Redevelopment and the Public Realm: An Advanced Urban Design Studio in
Suzhou, China

A 2015 study by China’s Environment Ministry rated sixty percent of the country’s underground water, and one-third of its surface water, unfit for human contact. This is an especially big problem for cities that rely on canals for their cultural identity, such as Suzhou, known as the “Venice of the East.” The city’s canals date back a thousand years and rank among China’s top domestic tourist destinations, on par with the Great Wall.