Stuart Weitzman School of Design

‘Cities in water’

Architect and landscape architect Anuradha Mathur and anthropologist Nikhil Anand are collaborating on questions of design and human practices to create new ways of thinking about low-lying coastal cities in India and around the world.

Kristina García

Urban planning and politics in Atlanta

Akira Rodríguez’s new book, “Diverging Space for Deviants: The Politics of Atlanta’s Public Housing” explores how the intersection of race and public housing development planning in Atlanta created a politics of resistance.

Kristina García

Reviving Philadelphia’s nighttime economy

Even before COVID-19 curtailed public nightlife in Philadelphia, members of the Weitzman School’s PennPraxis have been working on a civic engagement project to articulate a better, more progressive Philly nightlife.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Philadelphia home repair grants linked to decreased neighborhood crime, Penn study finds

Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine, School of Arts & Sciences, and Stuart Weitzman School of Design found that the crime rate on a given block was reduced by nearly 22% when the city of Philadelphia funded repairs for even a single house. “The social fabric of a neighborhood is very connected to the physical environment,” said the medical school’s Eugenia South.



How Philadelphia plans to beat the looming eviction cliff

Vincent Reina of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design said Philadelphia’s approach to delaying evictions requires landlords to pursue alternatives before ousting tenants. “In our greater scheme of housing policy, we often focus on enforcement mechanisms while we lack the resources to create incentives,” he said. “If localities want to be proactive in protecting households from eviction, they can connect enforcement around evictions to those resources.”


The Washington Post

The new American status symbol: A backyard that’s basically a fancy living room

Witold Rybczynski of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design commented on the popularity of exterior decorating in U.S. households. “All these alternative spaces, the sunroom, the parlor, create variety,” he said. “There are wonderful pleasures in being able to eat in different places. It brings a richness into your life.”


Scientific American

A better way to cool ourselves

Dorit Aviv of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design and international collaborators wrote an opinion piece about their work developing a healthier and more sustainable alternative to air conditioning.


What happened to the $45 billion in rent relief?

Vincent Reina of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design spoke about the challenges some cities have faced in distributing rent-relief funds. “It seems clear that the places that have really committed themselves to analyzing how things are going as they are going and making course corrections along the way have been most able to get dollars out the door,” he said.