Jin Baek
London: Routledge, 2009
Cover of book, North Dakota Boomtowns, Penndesign Studio | Spring 2015

Around the country oil and gas boomtowns are facing extraordinary development pressures and social change that are transforming formerly rural or agricultural-based settlement patterns.  The studio used the  Bakken Region of the Western North Dakota as a case study for how communities can plan for the economic cycles of boomtowns and create strong diverse economies once the boom is over.  The 19 counties in Western North Dakota were the subject of a HUD-funded Sustainable Communities Planning Grant, which served as the basis for the studio understanding and further research i

Ecodesign for Cities and Suburbs
Published by Island Press June 23, 2015

As world population grows, and more people move to cities and suburbs, they place greater stress on the operating system of our whole planet. But urbanization and increasing densities also present our best opportunity for improving sustainability, by transforming urban development into desirable, lower-carbon, compact and walkable communities and business centers.

A framework for equitable development: Atlantic City

In collaboration with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Community Development Studies and Education Department, this plan sets forth a vision for a more equitable, diverse, and sustainable economic future for Atlantic City that gives special consideration to the needs of low and moderate-income families.  This focus on low and moderate-income families is paramount, as Atlantic City’s future has become increasingly uncertain.

Working with Sao Paulo Urbanismo and the University of Sao Paulo, this second year studio set out to design an innovation district in the Mooca-Vila Carioca Urban Operations Consortium.  The studio examined case studies of innovation districts around the world.  It then combined these takeaways with an anaylsis of the social, economic and environmental aspects of Brazil, Sao Paulo and Mooca-Vila in order to create visions for the site.  For each vision, five different "What Ifs" were developed in order to identify specific measures neeed to implement the innovation district.

Publication 'Pressing Matters 3" Stood on end on wooden table.

I am delighted to share the latest issue of the Pressing Matters publication with you. We have gone through a transformational year in the Department of Architecture at PennDesign. I hope you will enjoy the innovative student work, the news sections, and curricular improvements reflected in this issue.

Prospectus 2018: Impact

Prospectus is a biennial publication of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. It presents an overview of the academic program, a sampling of student work, and current research. Each issue is centered on a critical theme challenging and shaping the historic preservation field.

Old black and white photo of group of men performing artistic and psychological experiments.

This dissertation intends to expose the complex Russian knowledge formation of thinking the possible at the beginning of the 20th century that led to a life-world of obsessive experimentation and to a particular cultural moment when art and science were not sharply distinguished academic subjects.

Photograph of section of highway and several houses representing classic American architecture.

Throughout the 19th century, a number of American architects advocated simplicity in design, yet the period is often associated with historical styles and profuse ornament.

Map of Birmingham district with potential projects for improvement listed.

I have been researching late 19th and early 20th century landscape architectural practices in the United States, with an emphasis on the career of Warren Manning (1860-1938). Manning undertook a broad range of work which included small gardens, park systems, cities, as well as a plan for the entire United States.

Crossboro U, Expanding Opportunity in the Outer Boroughs of New York City. Background: Map of the 'U' line of the New York City Subway.
In the Spring of 2014, the Regional Plan Association (RPA) sponsored a graduate planning studio to investigate the opportunity to re-purpose an underutilized right-of-way- the Bay Ridge Line and New York Connecting Railroad-as a mixed-use passenger and freight transit route through Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.