Walking and listening in San Juan with Ernesto Pujol

An eight-day trip to Puerto Rico following a seminar taught by Fine Arts visiting professor led students through the city while engaged in a process of listening to the urban spaces of San Juan and the colonized ecology of its post-industrial hinterlands.

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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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Orkan Telhan’s ‘Microbial Fruits of Istanbul’

“Microbial Fruits of Istanbul” is a collaboration between Orkan Telhan, associate professor of fine arts, and the architecture firm elii which explores the complex histories of Istanbul community gardens from the perspective of microorganisms.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Judge ousts absentee owner of historic Mount Vernon Cemetery. Rehab could involve goats

Aaron Wunsch of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design said efforts to rehabilitate historic cemeteries like Mount Vernon in Philadelphia must consider the needs of stakeholders, including neighbors and those with family ties to the site. “These places have always had a public dimension to them,” he said. “But you always have to be aware of what the descendants of people buried there feel about that, too.”


Philadelphia Inquirer

More Philly landlords are selling properties and deferring maintenance, which threatens the supply of affordable housing

Vincent Reina of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design is quoted on the strain which a lot of Philadelphia's housing stock is consistently under.


Bloomberg News

How Philadelphia housing repairs drove down crime

Vincent J. Reina of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design comments on his research into how home repair investment reduced crime levels overall, across every type of crime.


The Wall Street Journal

Fighting crime with home renovations

Vincent Reina of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design comments on the multiple social costs when a house becomes uninhabitable and vacant.


CBS News

Landlord faces homelessness as tenants fall behind on rent during eviction ban

The Stuart Weitzman School of Design’s Vincent Reina is quoted on the lack of a safety net for housing.


Big Think

National parks are great. Now, let’s create a World Park

Richard Weller of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design writes that, to preserve biodiversity and ecosystems, protected areas should be connected into a gigantic World Park.