Learning to listen in troubled times

The SNF Paideia Program and partners featured Ernesto Pujol and Aaron Levy, an artist and an interdisciplinary scholar who have transformed both what it means to listen and what the act of listening can achieve as part of a lecture and workshops.

Kristen de Groot

‘Under Pressure: Essays on Urban Housing’ is released

The new publication, edited by Hina Jamelle, senior lecturer and director of urban housing in the Department of Architecture, gathers and contextualizes recent conversations on urban housing through a design lens.

From the Weitzman School of Design

A pandemic year, in photos

‘Apart Together,’ a new photography exhibit at the Annenberg School, shows that despite not being physically in the same place the past 18 months, our shared experiences kept us connected.

Michele W. Berger , Julie Sloane

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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Do prisons deserve a second chance?

A fall 2020 semester studio at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design led by Billy Fleming explored ways to transform prisons and correctional facilities in Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta, such as turning the structures into community spaces or solar and wind farms. “There are so many disenfranchised places in the United States sold on the promise of prisons as economic development who’ve seen what a spectacular failure that is,” Fleming said.


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.