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Urban Design Studio 1

The Five Borough Studio

The Summer Studio provides a framework for students to expand their design thinking using New York City as a laboratory. Three ambitions guide the studio research: to nurture a design process specific to existing urban environments, to critically consider site and program, and to interrogate the role of Urban Design in service to the public as a client. More broadly, students are introduced to a post-industrial, built-out American city through its past, current and future layers of neighborhoods, public spaces and infrastructures. This already complex landscape is now implicated in climate change—from sea level rise to extreme weather, from systems failure to environmental justice, and from technological improvements to “sustainable” living. This 21st century landscape also requires an array of emergent Urban Design tools for researching, mapping, investigating and hypothesizing the continuous process of urbanization.

Studio pedagogy treats “site” not as a given but as a valueladen construct that embodies multiple motives shaping the process and products of Urban Design. Over the course of the semester, the students explore methods of representing urban sites and their multi-scalar, multivalent systemic linkages beyond normative borders. Urban Designers must identify and investigate complex, layered contexts, within which urban places are embedded. Like site, “program” is constructed, and offers opportunities to expand the field of human interaction. Studio research is framed around urban operations, actions and claims, all of which encourage students to investigate the layers of public systems integral to constructing a transformative urban environment. Understanding Urban Design’s primary concern as serving a public clientele, students develop speculative hypotheses addressing the needs of a variety of stakeholders at different scales, through site-specific designs for a particular neighborhoods, across New York City’s five Boroughs.

Location & Time
206 Fayerweather
M TH 1 PM - 6:30 PM
Session & Points
9 Points
Call Number
Other Semesters & Sections
Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A6849‑1 Fall 2020
Urban Design Studio
Nans Voron, Tami Banh, Noah Chasin, Ifeoma Ebo, Sagi Golan, Austin Sakong
M + TH 4PM - 8 PM F 8:30AM -10:30AM
9 Points
A6849‑1 Summer 2018
Studio I: Five Borough Studio
Rendering by Zilu He, Lorena Galvao, and Xiaofei Sun.
Rendering by Zilu He, Lorena Galvao, and Xiaofei Sun.
Diagram by Richard Chou, Keju Liu, and Alaa Marrawi.
Kaja Kühl, Tricia Martin, Brian Baldor, Hayley Eber, Sagi Golan, Shachi Pandey, Austin Sakong Syllabus Required for UD
M, W & TH 2 PM - 6 PM
Full Semester
9 Points
A6849‑1 Summer 2017
Urban Design Studio
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Kaja Kühl, Thaddeus Pawlowski, James Khamsi, Ben Brady, Brian Baldor, Philippa Brashear Syllabus UD Required
M/W/Th 2 PM - 6 PM
Full Semester
9 Points
A6849‑1 Summer 2016
Kaja Kühl, James Khamsi, Thaddeus Pawlowski, Brian Baldor, Ben Abelman REQUIRED UD
M, TH 1 - 7PM
9 Points
A6849‑1 Summer 2015
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Kaja Kühl, James Khamsi, Ben Abelman, Brian Baldor, Tricia Martin, Thaddeus Pawlowski
MWF 2PM - 6 PM
9 Points
A6849‑1 Summer 2014
MWF 2PM - 6 PM
9 Points