Welcome to Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Urban Studies is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Arts & Sciences. It draws on faculty and resources across the university and the city to offer students a multi-faceted approach to the study of urban trends.  More...

The New Projects

Penn URBS alumni Fay Darmawi was recently published in The Pennsylvania Gazette! Check out her article on the state of today's affordable housing. 

2014 Graduates

Congratulations to all of our 2014 graduates! Click here for more photos!

And the winner is...

Urban Studies Fieldwork 2014 Goes Visual

Students in URBS300, the Urban Studies Fieldwork course, selected the best of their class’s short documentary films as winners of the first ever “Urbie Awards” (our equivalent to the Oscars).
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Recent News

  • Penn IUR wins Pew Project Grant

    Congratulations to the Penn Institute for Urban Research, and our own Professor Paul Farber, on scoring a Pew Center for Arts & Heritage 2014 project grant! The centerpiece of the project, called “Monument Lab: Creative Speculations for Philadelphia,” will be a temporary monument by the late, award-winning artist and University of Pennsylvania professor Terry Adkins.

  • URBS Honors Student published in The Notebook

    Samantha Osaki (URBS ’14) was recently published in The Philadelphia Public School Notebook, a journal dedicated to sharing the voices of those involved with Philadelphia public schools.  Her article focuses on the challenges currently being faced by Dimner Beeber Middle School, which after being slated for closure a year ago was kept open by community efforts.  Congratulations Samantha!

  • Manon Vergerio (URBS '14) wins Rose Award

    Congratulations to Manon Vergerio, winner of the Rose Undergraduate Research Award! The Rose Award recognizes outstanding undergraduate research projects completed by graduating seniors. Manon's thesis,  “The Role of Art in Urban Revitalization: A case study of Fishtown, Philadelphia,” guided by Urbs Professor Mark Stern, is one of just twenty university-wide recipients of this award.

Alumni Achievements

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