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April 17, 2017

Xianlong Zheng (BS Arch'17) Attends NESEA BuildingEnergy Boston 2017

Author: Andrea Smith

Written by Xianlong Zheng, BS Architecture'17 Founded in 1974, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) is today the region’s leading membership organization promoting sustainable energy practices in the built environment. The BuildingEnergy Boston Conference + Trade show is the region's leading event for professionals and practitioners working to build a more sustainable world. It brings over 2,500 industry leaders and emerging professionals together for three days to learn from and share ideas with each other. As one of the 2017 BE the Future Scholarship Recipients sponsored by NESEA and many other green design companies around the region, as well as with the support from the architecture department in transportation, I was able to attend the sustainability conference in Boston.   Read More

February 26, 2016

Graduate Planning Studio Works with North Philadelphia Residents on Brownfields Project

Author: Tracy Purdy

On February 15, from 6-8pm, three students from Planning Graduate Studio (Michelle Atherton, Leonard Bonarek, and Ted Mullen), led by their instructor Dr. Lynn Mandarano, conducted the first of two focus groups with residents of the North Kensington community.  The studio partnered with the New Kensington CDC to recruit 15 volunteers for the group that are geographically and demographically representative of the community directly impacted by the area’s brownfields. After the main conversation, participants were each given a disposable camera. They were instructed to take 10 pictures each of things they like and don't like in their community, and 7 pictures of things they’ve seen in other areas of the city that they wish they had in their community. Participants have two weeks to complete this aspect of the project. The group will meet again in several weeks to discuss their photos and ideas for redeveloping several brownfield sites. Read More

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February 2, 2016

Web Site Launched: Brownfields Planning Project

Author: MM

A new web site for the EPA-funded Brownfields Area-Wide Planning project was launched last week. Please visit the site to learn about the project and see initial findings and community engaement materials.  Read More

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