Stuart Weitzman School of Design

Visualizing future cities with Zhongjie Lin

A new three-year project called called “Spatial Visions Connecting China and the West: A Centennial Review and New Perspectives on Future Urban Environments” will address global issues like climate change and migration will begin at Penn and travel to Beijing.

Penn Today Staff

Five events to watch for in January

Winter welcomes a slew of new performances, lectures, and exhibits to Penn's campus, including the opening of the Arthur Ross Gallery’s latest exhibit, a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., and a walk for wellness.

Brandon Baker

The Addams Family legacy lives on

Former Penn student Charles Addams’ creations are back on the silver screen in a new 3D computer-animated film, more than 80 years after the characters were created by the artist.

Louisa Shepard

In the News

The New York Times

Shuttered Philadelphia refinery may get new life after fire

Mark Alan Hughes of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy spoke about the possibility of converting the old Philadelphia refinery into a hybrid plant that also produces renewable fuels. “They’re predicting a steadily declining place for things like the refinery that was,” he said. “The kind of mix that tries to lower the profile of fossil fuel activity is, I think, the most likely outcome.”


KCRW Radio (Santa Monica, Calif.)

Weiss/Manfredi’s ‘Loops and Lenses’ concept wins La Brea Tar Pits redesign commission

Marion Weiss of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design and her collaborator Michael Manfredi have developed a redesign for the La Brea Tar Pits and its surrounding park.


The Washington Post

Appreciating the need for—and the beauty of—the urban forest

Sonja Dümpelmann of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design was interviewed about the history of street trees and urban forestry. “This isn’t scientifically proven,” she said. “But I think if people care about trees, they also tend to care about people.”


Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

New UPenn scholarship aims to diversify urban planning

Lisa Servon of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design spoke about the new Moelis Fellows Program, which aims to diversify the field of urban planning by providing financial support to grad students. “This has really enabled us to go after some the best students and get them to come to Penn,” she said.



The housing market is fueling our collective climate denial

Billy Fleming of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design said the U.S. needs to take action when it comes to preparing for climate change. “Every day we do not spend organizing communities around this question of ‘how do we leave and where do we go?’ is just making all of these other decisions harder and more expensive down the road.”