Penn Institute for Urban Research, 2015–16 Annual Report

Penn Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR) is a university-wide body at the University of Pennsylvania that informs urban decision-making and public policy on issues of sustainable urban growth based on multi-disciplinary research, instruction, and outreach.

Knowledge is about making connections. Urbanization occurs when cities grow, so to do this well, they need a solid foundation of planning and foresight. The concept we developed for the 2015–16 annual report—Knowledge for an Urbanizing World—expands upon this idea and shows the overlap of knowledge points with urbanization points. By incorporating aerial photography, the importance of looking at the larger picture of growing urban spaces is emphasized. Each section is marked with satellite photography of earth. The section number and introductory text act as windows to the big picture of the overview.

Highlighted excerpts from different texts that Penn IUR published throughout the academic year are featured throughout the report. Photography for each excerpt ties in with the subject matter discussed, whether it pertains to housing in Mumbai or the United States. The perfect-bound report serves as a capstone piece for the organization.

Satellite photo courtesy of NASA.


The Penn IUR Annual Report won an American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Philadelphia Design Award.