Planning & Community Development

    November 1, 2021

    Alena Firestone (Community Development '23) Featured in Planning Magazine

    Author: Emily Herbein

    Photo courtesy of Alena Firestone Alena Firestone, Community Development ‘23, City Regional Planning ‘24, was recently featured in Planning Magazine’s Fall 2021 issue for a commentary in which she discusses the ties between public health and the need for adequate city planning techniques to combat inequity.   Growing up in Washington D.C., Firestone attended elementary school and middle school in two distinctly different school communities, one privileged and one low income. From an early age, she was always aware of inequality in resources and experiences, and those observations shaped her educational landscape.   Read More

    October 8, 2019

    Tyler students take first place in Design and Build competition

    Author: Zachary Vickers

    A rendering of Tyler’s winning project, entitled "Recycle Generate Build," which utilizes shipping containers to create a pop-up makerspace that promotes sustainability.   A team of Architecture students from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture have won the Museum of Outdoor Arts’ (MOA) inaugural collegiate design competition, as part of their Design and Build arts education program.  Read More

    October 7, 2019

    William J. Cohen's new book, "Ecohumanism and the Ecological Culture," now available

    Author: Zachary Vickers

    William J. Cohen, PhD, FAICP and associate professor of practice in the Tyler School of Art and Architecture's City & Regional Planning Program released his latest book, Ecohumanism and the Ecological Culture: The Educational Legacy of Lewis Mumford and Ian McHarg, with Temple University Press. Full of narrative and personal stories, Cohen’s book focuses on scholar Lewis Mumford and his conception of an educational philosophy that was enacted by his mentee, Ian McHarg, the renowned landscape architect and regional planner, who advanced a new way to achieve an ecological culture through an educational curriculum based on fusing ecohumanism—a synthesis of natural systems ecology with the myriad dimensions of human systems, or human ecology―to the planning and design disciplines.  Read More

    October 3, 2019

    Tyler alumnus creates mural with Philadelphia high school students to enhance community

    Author: Zachary Vickers

    In spring 2019, Tyler School of Art and Architecture Community Development alumnus Jon Fiamoncini (BSCD ‘19) helped create a mural and garden at Philadelphia’s George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science (GWC), with the help of students and generous donors. “Originally, I’d been assigned the task of assisting a group of GWC students with a community engagement project through my Placemaking: Revitalizing Urban Communities class at Tyler,” Fiamoncini said. After the class ended, he continued to volunteer at GWC. That’s when plans were discussed for the creation of a mural and garden. Read More

    April 26, 2019


    Author: lmandara

    The Tyler School of Art and Architecture's Community Development program partnered with the Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations and LISC to celebrate National Community Development Week 2019.  The partners hosted a public workshop "Power and Influence" lead by Rodney Mobley and Tess Donie of New Kensington Community Development Corporation.  Over a dozen residents and community leaders were introduced to tools to identify where they have Influence in their communities and to understand how to best utilize their power to be most effective in their work. This session covered concepts of identity, power mapping, and collective action. Representatives from the Community Development program and Tyler Admissions gave an overview of the Community Development major, admissions and the financial aid process. Read More

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