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Lectuer and Rockefeller Urban Resilience Fellow Matthijs Bouw wrote an article about his research project, the Hackable City, for Metropolis. The Hackable City is a partnership between Bouw's firm, One Architecture and Urbanism and the Dutch research group The Mobile City, as well as researchers at Dutch universities. The initiative has focused on...

Frederick Steiner, Dean and Paley Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, today announced that Billie Faircloth, a partner at KieranTimberlake, will speak at the 2018 Awards Ceremony, and David Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics Emeritus and senior advisor to the president of Oberlin...

Gers, called yurts in Russian, are the traditional one-room round, tent dwellings of Mongolian herders. In the last twenty years, about half of Mongolia’s population has settled in permanent “ger districts” around the capital city of Ulaanbaatar, bringing their nomadic tents with them. Mongolia has an extremely harsh winter climate—mid-winter...

PHILADELPHIA –The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $1.533 million grant to the University of Pennsylvania for a five-year project focused on urban diversity and inclusion entitled “The Inclusive City: Past, Present, and Future.” The project builds upon the Mellon-funded Humanities, Urbanism, and Design (H+U+D) Initiative, a ground-breaking...

University of Pennsylvania

 •  February 28

It was just after noon on a Wednesday late last month, and development consultant Bob Kaufman (C’76, MCP’77) was standing in the cold sunshine at the corner of 40th Street and Baltimore Avenue, introducing himself to a small gathering of PennDesign students.Across the street, construction workers were pushing gravel around and installing new bike...

University of Pennsylvania

 •  February 26

In his State of the Union address last month, President Trump called on Congress to invest at least $1.5 trillion in infrastructure. While it remains to be seen if Capitol Hill can make it a reality, a group of students in the Department of City and Regional Planning is outlining the elements of a national transportation investment strategy. The...

University of Pennsylvania

 •  February 5

Philadelphia—A sweeping United Nations initiative titled the New Urban Agenda aimed at improving the quality of life in the world’s fast-growing cities faces a critical test this month when government officials, activists, and academics gather in Kuala Lumpur for the World Urban Forum from February 7 - 13. The gathering is the first time that...

University of Pennsylvania

 •  January 29

Sam Sklar is a program associate at Smart Growth America/Transportation for America in Washington D.C. Before coming to PennDesign, Sklar worked at Walk Boston, a pedestrian advocacy group in Boston.What does a typical day as Sam look like?This is too hard to answer. Take a look at my reams of to-dos. Usually, I try to keep a block schedule for max...

promotes integrated knowledge of 21st century urbanism across humanities and design disciplines at Penn. Thanks to a generous award from the Andrew Mellon Foundation faculty and students can explore the creation of culturally rich and satisfying, environmentally sustainable and resilient, socially just and healthy places for present and future city...

University of Pennsylvania

 •  December 4, 2017

Located in Northwest Philadelphia, the Germantown neighborhood has a long and colorful history of Revolutionary War battles, abolitionist protests, the Underground Railroad, suburbanization, the Great Migration, and more. Linking Northwest Philadelphia with Center City, Germantown Avenue is lined with hundreds of historic buildings that track the...