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...
On June 19, 2015, over 65 people gathered at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia for a one-day convening on school closure research in the mid-Atlantic. Participants represented communities and institutions throughout the region, including: Baltimore; Boston; Cleveland; Newark, N.J.; New York; Philadelphia; and Rochester, N.Y. The event consisted of three research roundtables, a panel discussion of strategies for making research useful, and a keynote response from Dr. Lauren Wells, Chief Education Officer for the City of Newark, New Jersey.
Ariel Bierbaum, a Visiting Scholar at the Urban Studies Program this year (2014-15) and Urbs alumn (2000), has spent the past year observing the impact of school closures on Philly neighborhoods and interviewing the communities and public agencies affected by the process. Here she blogs about her work for the Community Design Collaborative: http://cdesignc.org/blog/2015/08/04/more-than-just-dollars-and-cents
Photo credit: Tim Gibbons, memorial by Tim and his students
Urbs Co-Director Mark Stern & SIAP Director Susan Seifert get shouts out for their CultureBlocks mapping tool, from the Harvard Ash Center's Bright Idea Program. Read the full story ➝
Congratulations to recent URBS graduate Rosaline Zhang, who's op-ed How to set up evaluations that help teachers improve has made it to the Seattle Times!
Fay Darmawi (URBS '88) has written a piece for Housing Finance called How Affordable Housing Can Make a Name for Itself (and Why). A version of it will be showing up soon in the Penn Gazette.
Photo: 100% affordable Richardson Apartments in San Francisco