Urban Design Course Descriptions
A6849 Urban Design Studio I
Kaja Kühl, Director; Skye Duncan, Earl Jackson, Tricia Martin, Michael Piper, Emily Weidenhof and Visitors
The studio treats site and program as value-laden constructs that embody powerful intentionality with respect to the process and products of Urban Design. For Urban Design, “site” is not a given. Urban Designers must identify and investigate complex, layered contexts, operating at multiple scales within which urban places are embedded. Similarly, the construction of “program” is essential to the Urban Designer’s purview; opportunities exist to extend and expand the field for human action and interaction. In this first Urban Design Studio, these explorations are framed by research into the definition of the concept of “public infrastructure,” encouraging students to critically investigate and assess the many layers of public systems relevant for constructing transformative urban environments. Understanding Urban Design’s primary concern as serving a public clientele, students are asked to develop speculative hypotheses for new infrastructures that address the multiple needs of a variety of stakeholders at differing scales, embedding their hypothesis in a site-specific design for a particular neighborhood, while impacting the larger context of the city.
A6850 Urban Design Studio II
Mojdeh Baratloo, Director; Lee Altman, Jerome Chou, Dongsei Kim, Christopher Kroner, Sandro Marpillero, Justin G. Moore, and Visitors
A fundamental aim is to challenge the default mode of approaching architecture, landscape and infrastructure as isolated disciplines, and to examine the opportunities for overlap such that all three are evolved in concert with one another and to the best possible effect. The studio also recognizes the unique relationship of New York State to the waterways and other infrastructure that historically has supported its vitality and defined its character. Therefore the natural and manufactured armatures defined by the New York Harbor, the Hudson River, the Erie Canal and ultimately the State’s relationship with the Great Lakes Region, are the expanded site of the studio’s discourse. Through carefully developed and substantiated design proposals, the studio examines and challenges the ways in which the armature cities and the State’s various infrastructures, socio-cultural diversities and their political context can come together intelligently, responsibly and experientially.
A6851 Urban Design Studio III
Richard Plunz, Director; Victor Body-Lawson, Barbara Chénot Camus, Michael Conard, Petra Kempf, Geeta Mehta, Kate Orff, and Visitors
This final studio moves the discursive field from the New York context to other world cities. Political engagement of Urban Design exploration is intensified, such that the reconditioning of the urban site must be critically responsive to specified goals of the sponsoring urban agency or “client.” Our approach necessitates empirical and evidence-based strategies (“case-based Urban Design”) rather than more abstractly situated tabula-rasa approaches. Our bias is to understand the larger development needs through site-specific detail and through community-specific expression of those needs. Public projection of the work is also an integral part of the design conception. Proposals must be complete in all aspects, including a well-articulated theoretical and operational premise and a building-scale design fragment that reflects and objectifies the overall strategy. Additionally, the work must be capable of engaging public discourse on several levels, including the body politic of the particular city involved. Frequently, the studio culminates in a return trip, the mounting of an exhibition, or preparation of a publication. Studio locations have included Antwerp, Istanbul, Brussels, Detroit, Caracas, London, Naples, Mostar, Mexico City, Prague, Belgrade, Tuscany, Bangkok, Brisbane, Bucharest, Rome, Seoul, Quito, Guayaquil, Vienna, Mumbai, Kingston in Jamaica, Kharkov in Ukraine, Gulin in PR China, Accra, Kumasi, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
A4005 Joint UD/Master of Architecture Studio
Richard Plunz and Staff
The activity of design at the urban scale is interdisciplinary by nature. It must operate between the physicality and design orientation of architecture and the abstractions of economic and social policy. As a result, this studio incorporates the representation and communication techniques needed to transliterate between the diverse array of forces which tend to generate urbanity. The challenge of this studio is to work between the limits of the disciplines of architecture, urban planning, and urban engineering, by exploring a new field in which to create urban situations in space and time, with an emphasis on public movement and networks.
A6836 Urban Design Seminar I - Urban Theory & Design in the Post-Industrial Age
Noah Chasin, Joy Knoblauch
A6824 Reading New York Urbanism
Phu Duong, Co-coordinator; Michael Szivos, Elizabeth Barry
A4528 Digital Modeling for Urban Design
Phu Duong, Co-coordinator; Chris Kroner, Brandt Graves
A6837 Urban Design Seminar II A - Fabrics and Typologies: New York/Global
A6832 Urban Design Seminar II B - Urban Prefigurations: New York/Global
A6829 Urban Design Seminar II C - Form and Fabric Negotiations: New York/ Global
A6838 Urban Design Seminar III A - Infrastructure, Resilience, and Public Space
Morana Stipisic, Bry Sarté
A4688 Urban Design Seminar III B - Public Space and Recombinant Urbanism
A6835 Urban Design Seminar III C - Asian Public Space Now
A6901 Research II
Urban Design Lab at the Earth Institute
Founded in 2005, the Urban Design Lab (UDL) is a research center affiliated with The Earth Institute at Columbia University. It extends many of the research priorities associated with the MSAUD curriculum. The Urban Design Lab connects the Earth Institute expertise in the natural sciences with issues related to contemporary global urbanization. Its focus includes infrastructure, climate change, and public health. It serves as a broader resource for curriculum development and teaching in the Urban Design Program, as well as teaching support for the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and the Fu School of Engineering and Applied Science. More information may be found at http://www.urbandesignlab.columbia.edu.