School of Design

Monitoring heritage sites with drones and remote sensors

The Center for Architectural Conservation has been observing adobe ruins for three years as a harbinger for climate change. Any damage that the changing climate will do to exposed structures, it will do it to adobe first.

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In the News


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Three reasons why Philadelphia won’t follow Minneapolis’s ban on single-family zoning

Vincent Reina of the School of Design said that changing Philadelphia zoning laws to allow for greater density could help the region but isn’t a cure-all. Still, he said, “it can ensure a lot of middle-income housing in neighborhoods that are becoming more costly even for middle-income households. This approach could be very useful in neighborhoods like Point Breeze and neighborhoods that are the future Point Breezes.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

How to prepare Philly and Puerto Rico for the next climate disaster? Penn Design students took on the challenge

Graduate students in the School of Design spent the last semester developing ways to prepare Philadelphia and cities in Puerto Rico for climate-related challenges and migrations.

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WHYY (Philadelphia)

PGW plan for liquified natural gas facility in Southwest Philadelphia clears hurdle

Christina Simeone of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy discussed the possible environmental impact of the creation of a new liquified natural gas (LNG) facility in Southwest Philadelphia. “The environmental benefit will happen if LNG displaces diesel or fuel oil,” she said. “But it’s just not clear until there’s a client base who is going to be the end user of this gas.”

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Vox.com

West Elm won over millennials. But now it’s really pissing them off

Sarah Rottenberg of the School of Design attributed West Elm’s success with millennials to their stylized yet adaptable aesthetic and accessible price point. Rottenberg’s research has shown that “practicality is a critical attribute for millennials purchasing products.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Truck traffic is clogging Center City streets. What’s Philly going to do about it?

The School of Design’s Erick Guerra discussed the issue of delivery trucks blocking major streets in Philadelphia. “One of the big first steps is closely analyzing and understanding the problem,” he said. “I’m not sure that’s quite been done yet.”

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