New Urban Ideas

Penn IUR's emerging scholars offer a glimpse into the urban issues that they consider important or that they are currently pursuing in their research.

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The New Urban Crisis

In a new article, Penn IUR Scholar Richard Florida writes about the burgeoning economic inequality in American cities.

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Photos of Urbanization

The winner of this year's Penn IUR photo competition is Ashley Napier for “Swayambhunath Monkey,” an image that alludes to the precarious balance between urbanization and preservation of place.

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America's Infrastructure

We asked more than a dozen urban experts: In your view, what should the United States do about urban infrastructure? Here are their answers.

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Global Urban Commons

The Global Urban Commons (the Commons), is a publicly-accessible, global directory of university-based urban research centers.The Commons, which includes more than 200 urban-research focused organizations from around the world, is a platform to build awareness about the breadth and depth of global urban research. The site i...

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Metrolab Network

Penn IUR has joined other universities across the nation to create a “Metro Lab Network” of university and city government partnerships committed to collaboration focused on 21st century solutions to the challenges confronting infrastructure, city services, and civic engagement. The Metro Lab Network will bring together...

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Energy Smart Communities Initiative (ESCI) of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

In partnership with the Taiwan Institute for Economic Research (TIER), Penn IUR is working to develop and maintain a knowledge-sharing platform (KSP) for the Energy Smart Communities Initiative (ESCI) of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Energy Working Group (EWG).

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Principles of Housing Finance Reform

Susan M. Wachter and Joseph Tracy


Slums: How Informal Real Estate Markets Work

Eugenie L. Birch, Shahana Chattaraj, and Susan M. Wachter

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