Nans Voron (Coordinator)
Tami Banh, Noah Chasin, Ifeoma Ebo, Sagi Golan, Austin Sakong
The Fall Semester Studio is an immersive and intensive city-making laboratory where students develop tools for designing resilient, equitable, vibrant, and healthy environments within the New York City Metropolitan Area. During this first studio of the program, the curriculum is focused on the scale of the neighborhood. Here the neighborhood is explored as both a social construct and as a physical territory, both central to popular, journalistic, political, and design discourses. Working in today’s postindustrial, socially inequitable, and climate-stressed conditions, the students are asked to critically interrogate and redefine the many layers of existing urban fabrics and infrastructures to address the challenges faced by current and future inhabitants. This year, the Fall Studio focuses on two sites, one at the southern tip of Manhattan (three bridges), the other at the northern tip (Harlem River) – each a neighborhood undergoing change and challenge.
Kaja Kühl (Coordinator)
Lee Altman, Anna Dietzsch, Shachi Pandey, Thaddeus Pawlowski
With Zarith Pineda and Victoria Vuono
The Spring Semester Studio operates at the regional scale and asks students to enter the discourse of urbanization beyond New York City and to engage unevenly dispersed socio-spatial ecosystems at multiple scales. Students work in two regions, both examples of landscapes and cities shaped by late 19th century industrialization and subsequent patterns of urbanization. The Hudson Valley, a region defined by deep connections to New York City as a global trading hub, has been a source of food, materials, water and power infrastructure for the global metropolis at its south. It was the birthplace of the American environmental movement and continues to be rich in activism and innovation addressing the climate crisis. The Eastern Ohio River Valley was America’s first extraction landscape, where petroleum was first produced for fuel, where coal powered a century of industrial expansion, and where natural gas is still being hydraulically fractured.
Specifically, this studio explores the regions’ rural/urban socio-spatial ecosystems as the site for intervention to address the global climate crisis. As part of a nationwide initiative, the Green New Deal Superstudio, students explore various layers of social and physical infrastructure and will work closely with local stakeholders, elected officials, organizations, non-profits, community groups, and planning and design professionals to envision just and equitable pathways towards decarbonizing the region and a just transition towards a regenerative economy.
Kate Orff (Coordinator)
Geeta Mehta, Justine Holtzman, Dilip Da Cunha, Adriana Chavez, Victoria Vuono (Associate)
The goal of this urban design studio was to explore how habitat & floodplain restoration, climate mitigation, and economic recovery can combine across the Mississippi River system at different sites and scales. With key National climate legislation under consideration in Congress, the time to advance joint nature -based infrastructure projects that foreground social justice in the Mississippi basin is now. Each project from the Headwaters in Minnesota to South Pass in Louisiana puts forward positive, regenerative visions for key towns, cities and farms that will add up to reduce catastrophic flooding, enhance biodiversity, expand regenerative agriculture and deploy unique financing models.
Nans Voron and Sagi Golan (Co-Coordinators)
Jae Shin, Galen Pardee, Austin Sakong, Sean Gallagher, Tami Banh
With Candeleria Mas Pohmajevic
The Urban Design Summer Semester is set up as an immersive and intensive city-making laboratory where students developed tools for designing resilient, equitable, vibrant, and healthy urban environments within the New York Metro-Region. During this first studio of the program, the curriculum focused on the scale of the neighborhood. Here the neighborhood is explored as both a social construct and as a physical territory, both central to popular, journalistic, political, and design discourses. Working in today’s post industrial, socially inequitable, and climate-stressed conditions, the students critically interrogated and redefined the many layers of existing urban fabrics and infrastructures to address the challenges faced by current and future inhabitants. This year, the Summer Studio focused on two sites, one along Flushing Creek in Queens, and the other one along the Passaic River in New Jersey – each a neighborhood undergoing change and challenge.