The primary goal of the Penn Institute for Urban Research is to build new knowledge bases to better understand urban life, and to disseminate this knowledge.
This page will be a growing repository for multimedia presentations of some of our work on
The Power of Eds & Meds (2013)
A conversation about university-led economic and community development led by leaders from several of the nation’s most engaged urban universities, along with representatives from municipal governance and the private sector.
Ballparks as Urban Anchors (2012)
A public panel discussion about how ballparks can anchor urban revitalization.
Cultural Anchors: Art Museums and the City (2010)
The directors of four of the country’s most influential art museums discuss the way in which their institution shapes and is shaped by the city around them.
MUSA Earth Day: GIS and the Environment (2012)
Penn IUR and the Masters of Urban Spatial Analytics to celebrate Earth Day with leaders in the field of GIS.
Urban Sustainability Initiatives (2011)
Raphael Bostic, Paul Brophy, Catherine Ross, and Anita Hairston discuss how we can create cities and neighborhoods that better balance economic vitality, social equity and environmental quality.
Book Talk: The American Mortgage System: Crisis and Reform (2011)
Contributors discuss key elements of the mortgage meltdown and solutions to the problems facing the future of American home ownership.
America's Sustainable Future: How U.S. Cities Are Making Energy Work (2011)
An invitational conference of public-private partnership efforts from U.S. cities pursuing innovative energy management and smart grid initiatives.
If All the World Were Philadelphia...Revisited (2011)
A discussion of Philadelphia’s changing urban landscape and the resulting challenges and opportunities for urban planning and development from the Global Cities: Sustainability, Penn and Philadelphia conference.
Sustainability For Cities: New Name, Old Topic (2011)
Cities, their nature and health, are topics that Laurie Olin has been thinking about over the course of his career as a landscape architect. Olin's keynote speech for the Global Cities: Sustainability, Penn and Philadelphia conference.
Book Talk: Neighborhood and Life Chances, How Place Matters in Modern America (2011)
Contributors discuss the relationship between prosperity and place. Topics covered include residential location, education, health, racial and economic segregation in US cities, all questions with broad implications for American urban policy.
The Role of the City Champion (2011)
Penn IUR Co-Director Eugenie Birch speaks about the role of the City Champion in the 100 Cities Initiative.
Arts and The City: Can the Arts Revive Our Cities and the Nation's Economy? Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 (2010)
An Arts and the City seminar, co-sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and Philagrafika.
Ninth Annual Penn Urban Doctoral Symposium (2012)
Penn IUR and Penn Urban Studies program celebrate the achievements of Penn doctoral students who have recently completed dissertations on urban focus topics.
Eighth Annual Urban Leadership Forum: Strong Communities and Cities, Sustainable Nations (2012)
Penn IUR recognizes innovators in urban affairs through its eighth Annual Urban Leadership Forum.
Why Don't American Cities Burn? (2012)
Michael Katz shares insights into his book “Why Don’t American Cities Burn?” which is part of Penn IUR’s City in the 21st Century book series.
The Ward: Race and Class in Philadelphia's Seventh Ward (2012)
Amy Hillier leads an interactive luncheon on the board game she developed with high school and college students. The board game teaches students about the connection between racial discrimination and health and economic disparities.
Women's Health and the World's Cities (2012)
Editors and contributors to the book "Women's Health and the World's Cities" discuss the book and its impact on research.
Penn Urban Doctoral Symposium 2011 (2011)
Co-sponsored with Penn’s Urban Studies program, this symposium celebrates the work of graduating urban-focused doctoral candidates. Graduates present and discuss their dissertation findings.
Seventh Annual Urban Leadership Forum (2011)
The Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) hosts the 7th Annual Urban Leadership Forum, “Building the Sustainable Community,” to celebrate exemplary leaders who are guiding cities toward a sustainable and vibrant future.
Global Urbanization: Book Talk (2011)
A book talk on "Global Urbanization," co-edited by Genie Birch and Susan Wachter.