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Master of City Planning Urban Design Certificate University of Pennsylvania B.Econ & B.S. Applied Maths Renmin University of China

Wenhao Wu

9 Lincoln St, Somerville, MA 02145 (267)8091406



Urban Design and Planning + Economic Development + Spatial Analytics

2017.07GEOADAPTIVE LLC Planner and GIS Analyst, Boston, MA Infrastructure Planning and Analysis | Inter-American Development Bank | Paraguay | Researched and compiles data on Paraguayan infrastructure condition, developed spatial analysis methods to evaluate accessibility and quality of national transportation infrastructure. Presented results to Ministry of Finance. Tourism Planning Strategy | RAND Corporation | Puerto Rico | Designed, and conducted spatial predictive analysis estimating market demands for tourism industry in Puerto Rico over 310,000 sample cells, which impact federal investment decision on disaster recovery. Prepared slides documentation for client meetings and materials Economic Development Feasibility Analysis | Honduras National Government | Developed urban and economic development studies for national economic pilot zone development strategy. Designed spatial model identifying and comparing top 8 proposed pilot zones.


DESIGN & VISUAL Rhino AutoCAD InDesign Illustrator Photoshop SketchUp V-Ray Web-Mapping Premiere DATA & ANALYSIS ArcGIS Model Builder Python Javascript R Studio EViews Market Study Pro Forma COMMUNICATION Public Speaking Critical Writing English Chinese Awards

- PennDesign Ann Louise Strong Leadership Award - PennDesign Special Award for Excellence in Student Publications - Ministry of Education First Prize in National College Mathematical Modeling Contest

2016.05 WALLACE, ROBERTS & TODD LLC 2017.01 Planner and Urban Designer, Philadelphia, PA Urban Design | Shreveport, LA |Assisted site planning and design drafting for choice neighborhood housing projects in Shreveport, LA (90 acres, 300 units); Camden, NJ (won $13 Million Grant for the city); Hartford, CT (63 acre, 400 units); Land Use Planning | Mobile, AL | Conducted development potential suitability analysis and created Future Land Use Maps for the 200,000 population city; Zoning Variance Application | Hoboken, NJ | Created 3D models and visual impact representation for zoning ordinance revision for Stevens Institute of Technology; Complete Street Design | Arlington, VA | Worked with landscape architects to develop 4 streetscape design alternatives for the Four Mile Run Trail project; Green Infrastructure Planning | Harrisburg, PA | Identified intervention locations with GIS; Prepared matched photos for green infrastructure streetscape renderings.

DEPARTMENT OF CITY PLANNING, University of Pennsylvania Senior Graphic Editor, students' journal PANORAMA, Philadelphia

2015.10 -

Book Graphic Design and Editing | In charge of the graphic design of the annually published book, conducted research and used InDesign to create alternatives for critic, communicated with the copy editing group. Research Assistant & Teaching Assistant , Philadelphia Spatial Pattern Identification | Conducted spatial analytical research with Professor Amy Hillier on Public Health and Food Shopping Behavior. Visualized survey data. 2014.02 HONG KONG BUILDINGWAY ARCHITECTURE DESIGN, Hangzhou, China 08 Project Assistant, Planning and Design Project, Li Huang Village Economic Development | Charted economic development plan for Li-Huang Village. Completed cost-benefit analysis for 23 building projects. Presented planning solutions for county government. The planning was selected as a model for other 18 villages in the county. EDUCATION

Master of City Planning + Urban Design Certificate, University of Pennsylvania


B. Economics + B.S. Renmin University of China


Finance and Mathematics, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Wenhao Wu


I'm fast learner, urban designer, and logic thinker. I care about our built environment. Constantly amazed by the physical world around me, I know there are more than what I can see to grasp and learn. With working experiences in both design and policy, background in economics and mathematics, I'm curious about the thoughtful meanings and the social history behind our evolving built environment. Mine is the first generation of my family to live in a city. The rapid urbanization across my country keeps reminding me to look back and try to understand the broader cultural and historical factors shaping the urban environment today. On the other hand, I'm excited by observing and studying the diverse and active public spaces in cities where multiple social interactions take place in their site-specific contexts. It is this combination of knowledge and practices on different scales that attracts me to become an urban planner and designer.

selected works in Urban Planning and Design + Spatial Analysis [2015 - 2018]


Contents Professional Works | Multiple Sites | 2016 - 2017


Work samples as an urban planner and designer at WRT Key words: choice neighborhood planning, comprehensive plan, zoning variance application 3D modeling, complete street design

Regional Development Planning | Multiple Contexts | 2018


Work samples as consultant and spatial analyst at GeoAdaptive Regional growth and development planning Key words: regional analysis, GIS, web mapping, consulting product deliverable, infographics and design

Resilient Waterfront | Cartagena, Colombia | 2017 Spring


Capstone Urban Design Studio Key words: regional economic analysis, sea level rise coastal planning, ecological adaptation design, urban design typologies

Responsible Urban Renewal | Voto Nacional, Bogota | 2016 Fall


Planning and Urban Design Studio Key words: Transit-oriented development, social equity and inclusive housing, urban regeneration, block typologies

Holmesburg 2036 | Holmesburg, Philadelphia | 2016 Spring


Community Planning Workshop Key words: neighborhood status study, SWOT analysis, visionary zoning, public space design

Spatial Analytics and Mapping | Multiple Sites | 2015 - 2017


Advanced Geospatial applications in urban planning and design Key words: ArcGIS, Model Builder, siting analysis, cartography, cloud computing, web-based mapping, data visuali


Professional Work Samples

Multiple Sites Wallace, Roberts & Todd LLC Supervisors: Woo Kim/ Garlen Capita/ Yogesh Saoji Responsibilities: Site Planning/GIS spatial analysis and Mapping/3D Modeling/Other assistances


Complete Street - Scenario 1

Complete Street - Scenario 2

Complete Street - Scenario 3

Existing Condition Cross Section - The Four Mile Run


Choice Neighborhood Planning and Design Wallace, Roberts, and Todd

Illustrative Site Plan

Transformation Plan Report for Brewster-Douglass Neighborhood


Housing Development, Hartford, CT Design Concept Diagram

Visual Preference Survey Flood Plain Analysis

Flood Plain Analysis


Map "Cake" - Overlay Analysis

Comprehensive Planning, City of Mobile Summer Internship | Wallace, Roberts, and Todd | July 2016




3D Modeling and Rendering

3D views for Re-zoning Application of Stevens Institute of Technology


Resilient Colombian Caribbean Coast Cartagena, Colombia Urban Design Research Studio | PennDesign Instructor: David Gouverneur & Maria Villalobos

The rapidly growing Colombian economy has driven urban expansion to encroach the vastly diverse biological resources the nation possess. This studio looks at both the comprehensive strategies with multiple lens and the local-driven dynamics that can be harnessed as potential sustainable growth examples.

Responsibilities: All graphics, other than noted, are produced by myself. Softwares: ArcGIS, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, SketchUp, Rhino, Excel



National Port Economy


City Level Industrial Expansion


Sea Level Rise Impact

The site is at the confluence of five urban waterways that emit urban waste and sewage water into the Cienaga, a large lake connected to the Carribbean sea. Projected sea level rise will impact two large informal neighborhoods that have been growing and expanding. The conflict is intensifying. West Barrio Boston


El Pozon

Phase 1

Phase 2

The first phase of the project is strategic relocation in sea The second phase of the project creates hard edge level rise impacted areas and mangrove restoration. protection through dredging and filling at potential higher density new development areas.

Phase 3

Phase 4

The third phase uses soft protection in areas with existing The final phase of the project provides optional moving communities for public spaces and urban farming. Also back opportunities for relocated residents and creates a new developments starts to consolidate. new waterfront for the city.


Sea Level Rise Protection Strategy

Strategic Relocation




A large proportion of the informal settlements are being encroached by the rising sea level. Some of the worst condition housing are located on the fringe of the water and subject to serious damage in flooding season

The most urgent task is to strategically relocate the impacted residents to safe area with decent quality housing and amenity infrastructures. Schools, markets, churches, and other facilities should provide a better quality life there.

2040 In the buffer zone, different approaches can be implemented in reponse to the specific local needs. For hard edge conditions, an intermediate recreational zone designation could be created on the new land prior to developers.

2050 (Hard Edge) The Hard edge approach will be based on the elevated land and evolve into multiple types of formal developments that create density, public spaces, and job opportunities in a new urban district. Nicely vegetated pedestrian promenades creates an active waterfront.

elevated [hill] as waterfront park space

[ecological] water treatment facilities

2050 (Soft Edge) The Soft edge can evolve into two branches given different specific site conditions. The hill scenario will use the earth from previous dredging to build a protective hill as a dike that also accommodates walking trails and additional road connectivity. In areas with higher elevation, the treatment scenario will utilize the biological water treatment methods and create a purifying band that serves the community. 21

Existing A zoomed-in aerial map showing the existing conditions on site, with open CiĂŠnega water, mangroves, and growing informal settlements.


Proposed Master Plan The proposal tries to provide a systematic response for the 5.08 sq km area to manage urban growth under pressing risks of climate change, urban water sanitation, and development equity.


Soft Edge Protection Transect

Tourism District Commercial Corridor

New District Mixed-use Corridor

Section Cut of the New District


The Corridor Approach For both the new district and the relocation zone, a series of corridor typologies are proposed to organize the development process that integrate mobility, business and urban ecology to facilitate efficient and effective future growth.

Relocation District BRT Corridor

Relocation District Canal Park Corridor



Bird's Eye View At final phase, the site will be transformed into an integrated protective zone that accommodates both new urban growth and ecological treatment for water. Opportunities will be generated in mixed-income housing, ecological education and vocational training, mangrove-driven tourism, and new mobility systems. Collaborated with Nick Parisi. 27

Development Phasing of the New Waterfront District

Phase 1 BRT Extension and Waterfront Development

Phase 2 Civic Corridors and Protective Green Buffer

Phase 3 Continuing Development Expansion

Phase 4 Tourism District

Perspective View of the New District


New Waterfront Avenue The new waterfront will accommodate a well-connected pedestrian avenue to access an array of local restaurants, shops and leisure service stores.

South Bay Water Taxi Deck The water-taxi deck will provide new choice of mobility across the new bay and to other parts of the city. It is connected to the existing neighborhood with corridor streets. Small stores, temporary theatres and playgrounds will keep the edge area active and engaging.

New Canal Park As an anchor in the center of the new district, the wholesale market will accommodate mixed types of businesses. The open canal park leading to it will foster an active pedestrian experience with vivid commercial atmosphere.


Voto Nacional: Responsible Urban Renewal 30

Voto Nacional, Bogota D.C., Colombia Planning Studio | PennDesign Fall 2016 Team: Silvia Fang, Phil Fargason, Jonah Fay, Yumeng Gu, Katie Kramer, Akshay Malik, Tianyi Ren, Tristina Sinopoli, Yidan Zhang, Yajing Zhao, Peiqian Zhong Instructor: Nando Micale

As one of the fastest growing cities in South America, Bogota is experiencing large scale urban regeneration under the City and Federal government’s schemes. In this studio, we tried to vision a responsive urban regeneration plan for the neighborhood of Voto Nacional, the country’s most notoriously known district for violent crime, prostitution and drug dealing. Responsibilities: All graphics, other than noted, are produced by me. Softwares: ArcGIS, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Rhino


>50% of Increase in

population in the past 20 years

370,000 unit

housing shortage in Bogota

Colombian economy is growing steadily at 3% on average in the past 5 years

City View from Mount Monserrate


Old City


r Milenio Park


concentration of resources along regionanl rail

Voto Nacional

La Sabana Station

growth potential via linkages


CBD 33

Sabana Station TOD Development Strategy


Development Typologies

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Sabana Station Context 1

La Presentación School


La Sagrada Pasion Church


Central Technical School


Sabana Commercial Mall


San Jos Church


Plaza España


San José Hospital


Voto Nacional Basílica


El Bronx

Calle 19 Road



3 4

Calle 13


5 6

Calle 11 Road

8 7


Calle 7 Road


Existing Street Typologies


Sabana TOD Site Plan 1

Upgraded Sabana Station


High density office and retail development


Separate entrance for car traffic and pedestrian bridge


Mixed-use residential community


Realigned Carrera 18 with commercial frontage


High mixed-use development plaza


Preserved historic public building


Infill apartment and townhouse development


Upgraded Plaza España Park


Calle 11 Pedestrian Promenade


Mid-density infill development


Shelter and community health center


Student housing development


María Eugenia Rojas Park

Calle 19 Road

La Presentación School



3 La Sagrada Pasion Church



Sabana Commercial Mall

San Jos Church

Central Technical School



Calle 13



8 10


Calle 11 Promenad


13 San José Hospital

Voto Nacional Basílica

12 El Bronx


To La Candelaria

(Old City)

Calle 7 Road



Sample Block Typologies Arcades Retail Streetfront

Green Building Systems

Community Commercial

Market-rate Development

Historic Features

Public Space


Tercer Milenio Park Redevelopment Strategy

Land Use Plan


Development Typologies

Green Building System in the Proposed Development


Whole Site Plan


The project features a number of highlight points where people and businesses cluster and interact, as the new focal points of the Voto Nacional neighborhood. Above is a rendering showing the intersection of the historic Sabana Station and the proposed transit-oriented development.

Below is a rendering showing the improved Plaza EspaĂąa and new development around it. Historic buildings and features will be preserved and incorporated into the new development with public amenity to serve the locals and visitors.


Adaptive Bandarharjo

Bandarharjo, Semarang, Indonesia Designing Resilience in Asia International Competition 2017 Team: Cody Erhart, Katie Kramer, Yang Du, Samin Han, Zhengneng Chen, Adrian Emanuel, Jessica Arias, Peiqian Zhong Advisors: David Gouverneur, Oscar Grauer Responsibilities: Concept Development, Drafting & 3D Modeling, Rendering, Aerial Perspective


Softwares: ArcGIS, Google Earth, Rhino, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign

As the fifth largest city in Indonesia, Semarang is a costal city with nearly 2 million people, and is still attracting new immigrants from inland due to its growing manufacturing economy and expanding port. However, a large portion of the waterfront area suffers from severe subsidence and flooding risks, on top of the threat from sea level rise. The competition asks the teams to provide a resilient and adaptive design solution for the Bandarharjo neighborhood on the city's waterfront.

Collaborated with Samin Han 45

Site Context The city of Semarang is located in the center of Java Island, the most populated and urbanized island of Indonesia. It is 400 km away from the capital city Jakarta, connected by coastline highway, railway and a growing import-export seaport.





The site sits at the intersection point of the expanding port and the confluence of the historic semarang river. Coastline along the two sides of the city resides some of the best mangrove habitats in the island, only to be cut off at the port entrance. East Canal Section


Urban Section Profile

The profile aims at give a quick look on the major typologies of streets on site and understand the dayto-day needs of the residents.

Northbound Highway

Riverside road

Major commercial street

Interior connector streets









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7 8


11 12


Transect across the site


Site Plan 1

Waterfront development


Bandarharjo Waterfront Market


Local Ferry Terminal


Preserved fish ponds and mangrove band


Infill development along dikeway


Entry public plaza and pedestrian street


Floating market with historic facade


New connector road and infill mixed-use development


Residential development


Protection Dikeway


Higher density commercial development


Riverfront flood park and rain gardens


Historic fortress park


Crescent floodable park and cantilevered housing


New social housing


Technical school


Convention center


Retention pond and park


Mangrove restoration and education park

Design Approaches Economic drivers

Mobility system

Water channeling and drainage

Public realm


Cantilevered Housing on Water A resilient cantilevered housing typology option is provided for local residents. This typology gives flexibility to adapt to dry and rainy seasons, accommodates residential and community functions with storm water collection system. Made mostly of local bamboo, the housing forms part of the revitalized local construction economy that generates job opportunities.


Dry Season

Rain Season 51

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Holmesburg 2036 Neighborhood Plan Holmesburg, Philadelphia, PA Planning Workshop | PennDesign | Spring 2016 Collaborators: Gavin Taves, Adam Berkowitz, Jess Neubelt, Kate Webb Instructor: Karen Thompson Holmesburg is a unique neighborhood with a variety of elements located in northeast Philadelphia. In the first stage study, using both qualitative and quantitative methods, I studied the neighborhood’s existing conditions in aspects including open space, transportation, and land use.

Responsibilities: All graphics, other than noted, are produced by me. Softwares: ArcGIS, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Rhino, Excel


Open Space and Bike Paths

211 acres

211 acres of park space; 484.2 sqft per person, larger than Philly's 302.3 sqft. A planned Delaware River Greenway along the waterfront.

Key Edges



Transit Accessibility



25 mins distance from I-95, State Road, and the Regional Rail provides easy Holmesburg Junction access to the neighborhood, Station to Center City. while segregating residents from the waterfront.

Existing Condition 54

8.3% cheaper

1.12 miles

Median House Value is 1.12-mile long commercial $133,315, 8.3% lower than corridor Frankford Avenue; Partially within a Business Philadelphia as a whole. Improvement District.

Land Use Composition 55

Green Waterfront Access

Green Schools

Commercial Corridors

TOD Trailhead Park


Proposed New Developments

Edmund St Apartments

Holmesburg Station Access Improvement

Rhawn & State Housing

Proposed Zoning


Trailhead Park

Frankford Avenue Commercial Corridor (existing)

Frankford Avenue Commercial Corridor (proposed)



Infill Development Renderings Callowhill North, Philadelphia, PA Urban Design Fundamentals | PennDesign | Fall 2015


Near Steam Plant Before


Willow Street - Middle




Urban edge detection in Google Earth Engine in Pearl River Delta




GeoAdaptive LLC Multiple Contexts Consultant and Geospatial Analyst | GeoAdaptive LLC, Boston MA Responsibilities: Geospatial modeling and analysis/Regional Planning/Research/Web mapping/Data Visualization/Deliverable Product Design/etc.

To synergize new economic development opportunities and sustain growth, the consultants at GeoAdaptive developed an analytical methodology to identify potential economic development zones across the national territory of Honduras. Factors considetred include terrain condition, infrastructural accessibility, economic agglomerations, and other sociodemographic conditions. Honduras national Economic Growth Pole Identification and Development


Puerto Rico Post-disaster Alternative Tourism Recovery Plan Regional Tourism Potential Study Client: RAND Corporation Major Responsibilities: Data collection and profiling, spatial analysis methods development, predictive modeling, presentation development, project management

Predictive Modeling for Demand Analysis using flickr photo 2005 - 2014

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico heavily in 2017, leading to significant economic losses, mounting up to 95% of Puerto Rico's annual GDP. To develope an island-wide disaster recovery and economic development plan using alternative tourism as the mean, GeoAdaptive LLC worked with the RAND corporation to investigate the potential opportunities and constraints of tourism development across the island, and focused on selecting several pilot development hubs that could be zones of development with integrated infrastructure, human capital, and environmental preservation efforts. I have actively engaged in the project design, concept development, spatial analysis, and particularly the demand potential analysis for the project. The result of the analysis was presented to the governor of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Foundation, and major tourism companies in the island.


Alto Paranรก - Brazil Border Regional Economic Development Strategy Economic Development Planning and Strategy Client: Inter-American Development Bank Major Responsibilities: regional economic analysis, spatial analysis, report product development, coordination and project management

Major Urban Agglomerations in South American Region. Created in Google Earth Engine

Historic Growth Trend of the Border Zone, 1970 to 2010


Web Visualization and Product Development AdapKIT Independent Web Product Design and Development Client: European Commission H2020 Anywhere Competition

Flooding risk analysis

Open space and flooding risk zones

Street network and flooding risk zones


Urban fabric and flooding plain, Torino, Italy

Zoomed in view, Torino, Italy

This independent web development project creates the firm's first web product integrating flooding risk analysis and adaptation recommendations. This product was selected into the 4 finalists in European Commission's H2020 Anywhere Competition among over 180 applicants. 67

Web Visualization and Product Development DevelopExplorer Independent Web Product Design and Development Client: Inter-American Development Bank

Interface landing page

Selecting the interested region / country to explore

Visualization of various types of development data with location


DevelopExplorer is an easy-to-use web interface that lets users create maps and reports to illustrate, analyze, and understand infrastructure, social, economic and environmental conditions. Development Explorer offers a rich and detailed geographic and statistical database and interactive visualization capabilities, with built-in analytics that enhance regional development studies and allow decisionmakers to prioritize their efforts.


Spatial Analysis using ArcGIS

Multiple Sites Modeling Geographical Objects/Space | PennDesign | Fall 2015 - Fall 2016 Responsibilities: Individual work consisting of topic identification, data preparation, map processing and representation


Model-Builder for High Speed Rail Location Manchester, United Kingdom Modeling Geographical Objects | PennDesign | Dec 2015

TASK 2 Find the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) with the strongest correlation between proximity to named places and total coverage of roads.

TASK 1 Select the potential buildable zones for intensive construction of high-speed rail lines.

TASK 3 Find the buildings that are the best accessible to railway stations in the worst accessible LEP.

TASK 4 Find the railway station carrying the highest passenger volume in a low property value area.

The two highest peaks represent the two rail stations carrying the most number of passengers within the least quarters in Central Manchester 71

Landsat Imagery Analysis

Guangzhou 1984

Guangzhou 2015

New Urban Expansion

Searching Around Urban Area at Year 1


Urban Area at Year 0



Intensity of Change

Night Light Data Analysis

Global Nightlight

Major Urban Agglomeration

Night Light Trending Analysis

Night Light Trend, City Level, Changsha

Guangzhou Foshan

Industrial Concentration Area (Red)


Urban Suitability Analysis Northwest England, United Kingdom Urban Design Fundamentals | PennDesign | Oct 2015 Based on information about elevation, land cover, geology, hydrology, and railroad noise zone, an urban suitability analysis was performed to site potential development in Northwest England.

Geology Type Map

50 Meter Interval Contour Lines Map

Agricultural Land Class Map

Hydrology Map

Railroad Noise Map

1 Wigan


3 Warrington



After removing unsuitable lands such as high elevation, steep slope, good agricultural Iand, vulnerable geology, productive aquifer and noisy zones, the most suitable areas for potential urban development were identified in Warrington and Wigan.

Mapping Food Desert Chester, PA Research Project | PennDesign | 2016 Fare & Square Shoppers' Travel Patterns in 3D

In the Food Desert research project, I used ArcGIS to geocode data points for over 140 residents’ grocery shopping behavior and created maps and 3D visualization.

Fare & Square Shoppers' Travel Patterns

Above: 3D visualizing shopping travel pattern 1. Height of the masses represent average spending per trip; 2. Width of the masses representing number of shopping trips made. Right: 2D map showing travel lines geocoded from rough data 75


3D Modeling and Rendering

3D views for Re-zoning Application of Stevens Institute of Technology


Freehand Design Sketch




Urban Planning and Design Selected Works  

Selected works 2015 - 2017 as MCP at PennDesign

Urban Planning and Design Selected Works  

Selected works 2015 - 2017 as MCP at PennDesign