DB_RioDr. Daniel A. Barber is an architectural historian with a research interest in the relationship between the design fields and the emergence of global environmental culture across the 20th century. His first book, A House in the Sun: Modern Architecture and Solar Energy in the Cold War, will be published by Oxford University Press in the Fall of 2015. It documents the brief but dynamic interest in solar houses in the 1940s and 50s, connecting developments in architecture to policy, economic, and cultural concerns. For more information and links to articles see


Dr. John Tresch teaches history and sociology of science and technology at U Penn. His book The Romantic Machine looked at technology, science, aesthetics and urban design as tools for building new cosmologies during the industrial revolution in France. In Rio many of the same themes are visible with a Brazilian twist. This course has helped him see the global dimensions and intersections of 19th, 20th, and 21st century ways of making visible what Auguste Comte’s Brazilian followers called called “Ordem e Progresso”.

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TA: Erin Putalik is a doctoral student in the history and theory of Architecture at Penn. She studies twentieth century architectural modernism in the Americas, with a focus on the history of architectural experimentation with industrialized construction materials in the United States and Brazil.

Ariela-portfolioAriela Osuna is from Tijuana, Mexico and is studying architecture and urban real estate and development. Ariela is interested in architecture’s role in the rapid globalization of cities. Through her studies at the University of Pennsylvania (Class of 2016), she seeks to understand the built environment at different scales—from architecture to urban development. This course’s focus on Rio de Janeiro as a cosmopolitan city bridged her interest in modern architecture’s legacy and the role of cities as drivers of economic and cultural progress. Her research for this course focused on the inherent regionalism in the application of modern architecture in Brazil, particularly through use of the sinuous curve.


Carissa Lim is from Torrance, California and is studying Architecture and Integrated Product Design at the University of Pennsylvania (CAS’16). Carissa is interested in examining the favelas of Rio and how the recent pacification relates to national identity and image. She is also interested in understanding past architects’ attempts of redesigning of the favelas and going further to reimagine a socially aware favela design.


Emily Siegel (Class of 2016) is studying architecture in the College of Arts and Sciences. Emily is interested in urban residential architecture. Thus, she has chosen to study government efforts in Brazil to improve conditions in the favelas, particularly as Rio de Janeiro makes the transition to a global city.

unnamedEmma Schad, from Philadelphia, PA, is studying Science, Technology and Society ’15 in the College of Arts and Sciences. Emma has a strong interest in public spaces, particularly parks, and how their aesthetics, designed and practical use influences the urban experience. For her individualized research she has chosen to look at the waste water infrastructure in Rio de Janeiro, the timing of its improvements with international events hosted in the city, and what the existing system means for local quality of life.

unnamedKahaari Kenyatta, raised in Bergen County, New Jersey,  studies Health and Societies with a concentration in Public Health at the University of Pennsylvania (CAS ’16). With a general interest in Brazil and a fascination for Brazil’s medical delivery systems, the SUS (Unified Health System) in particular, Kahaari enjoyed a second educational experience in Brazil. He is interested in the cosmopolitan status of Rio, the heterochronic element of the city’s shores, and the processes of identity forming and cultural re-creation on Rio’s beaches. Other interests include socioecological approaches to health promotion, international public health, and medicine.

unnamed-1Lindsay Wong, from Towson, Maryland, is studying Architecture with a minor in Fine Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences ’15. She is interested in how mega-events, such as the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, as well as Rio’s ambitions to be a global city, impacted the people and communities. She is also interested in how Rio de Janeiro was an architectural experiment during the modern movement of the early-to-mid twentieth century, which is evident today.

11036167_10206169550216703_446619103679008610_n copyMartina Merlo, from Philadelphia PA, is an Architecture and Visual Studies dual major in CAS with a minor in Landscape Studies. She was particularly interested in researching and writing about Maracana because she spent the summer of 2014 living in Germany, where she watched the World Cup from a safe and winning distance. Martina wanted to explore the side of the host city for several reasons, not limited to the architecture of the stadium and the ethics and politics of an utopian event such as the FIFA World Cup. Being able to attend a game at Maracana while she was in Rio was the best experience Martina had there, and that only made her interests stronger.

1901415_10206073494216119_4051361059067940227_nMegan Bridges (Class of 2016), from San Diego, California,  studies Cultural Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her mother immigrated to the United States from Pernambuco, Brazil, and Megan can proudly claim dual citizenship of both countries. In many aspects, Megan identifies more strongly as Brazilian than American, although she had only been to Brazil once before the Spring 2015 semester. Her desire to learn more about her mother’s country was one of several reasons she was compelled to take ARCH 314. Additionally, Megan is interested in pursuing a career in public health, and she believes that understanding city planning and the built environment is critical for evaluating health care access and exposure to hazardous chemicals.


Monique Sager is a senior in the College of Arts and Science studying Science, Technology and Society. Monique is from Boston, Massachusetts and is interested in culture, race and identity in Brazil. She is specifically focusing on the image Rio projects to the world, through culture, arts and design.

_MG_7411Natalia Revelo La Rotta, Bucaramanga, Colombia, is a Visual Studies major with a concentration in Architecture Practice and Technology, Italian Studies Minor, and is working on a certificate in Portuguese at the University of Pennsylvania in the College of Arts and Sciences (2016). Her interests lie in how architecture and urban design can affect the inhabitants of a city; more importantly how by changing and/or adding structures within the city some of the city’s social problems can be remedied or alleviated.


Paul Marett is a double major in Science, Technology and Society and Philosophy from Atlantic Beach, NY, and a proud member of the Penn class of 2015.  While his primary field of study is the history of science fiction and futurology, Paul is also interested in the concept of the megacity and how increasing urbanization will affect the population.  When not studying or roaming the streets of Rio, Paul plays saxophone for the Penn Glee Club Band.

HeadshotSean Turner grew up in Rehoboth, Massachusetts and is a graduating senior in the School of Arts and Sciences Class of 2015. At Penn, Sean double majors in Science, Technology, and Society and Philosophy of Science. As a student enrolled in “Cosmopolitan Urbanism: Rio de Janeiro, Sean is interested in ow Foucault’s notion of heterotopia can be used to describe and analyze Brazil’s historical identity with particular attention given to the role of Positivism in the shaping of that image.


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