Environments

Columbia GSAPP’s environments form a network of spaces, operating on three scales: that of the buildings on Columbia’s Morningside campus, New York City at large, and across the world through the Studio-X Global Network and extensive travel opportunities including studio trips and summer workshops.

Columbia Campus

Morningside campus is the main campus of Columbia University
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Avery Hall
Avery Hall is the epicenter of Columbia GSAPP, home to Avery Library, classrooms, event spaces, and newly renovated studio space. The School’s intensity and density fosters ongoing dialogue, exchange and collaborations with a sense of openness and collegiality.
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Avery Library
Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library is the world’s leading architecture library, located in Avery Hall, and houses the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, the most comprehensive periodical index in the field.
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Buell Hall
The oldest building on Columbia’s campus, Buell Hall is home to the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery and the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture.
Fayerweather Hall
Fayerweather Hall
Fayerweather Hall hosts studio spaces for the Historic Preservation, Real Estate Development and Urban Planning Programs. These studio spaces function as classrooms, laboratories, and collaborative meeting facilities. Also housed in Fayerweather are technology resources for the GSAPP community including on-site IT assistance, audio-visual equipment, computer labs and the Visual Resources Collection (VRC).
Schermerhorn Hall
Schermerhorn Hall
Schermerhorn Hall is home to the Conservation Lab and Fabrication Lab, which host digital and manual prototyping, model-making and woodworking equipment, as well as an adjacent space for casting and welding.
The Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery at GSAPP is a platform for original curatorial projects and for experiments with the distribution and organization of research material.

New York City

Columbia University is located in New York, NY: the city so nice, they named it twice.
The GSAPP Incubator provides a collaborative environment for exploring new ideas and developing innovative projects that encompass culture, technology and the city. Located at the New Museum's NEW INC incubator, the co-working space encourages discovery and an open exchange among a diverse group of participants.

Earth

Columbia GSAPP is on planet Earth, the 3rd rock from the sun.
Studio-X Amman is a regional platform for experimental design and research run by Columbia GSAPP and the Columbia Global Centers | Amman. Through workshops, lectures, screenings, and field visits, Studio-X Amman brings together Columbia GSAPP students and faculty with practitioners, researchers, and students from the Arab World to critically reflect on the role of architecture education and practice in times of mass displacement, dispossession, and destruction, and in the construction of alternative collective imaginaries for our cities. The projects and research developed at Studio-X Amman are located at the intersections of architectural design, history and theory, planning, preservation, and urban design with curatorial practices, the arts, and education.
Studio-X Beijing is an active research platform dedicated to the exchange of ideas and experimental thinking about the future of cities. Its scope extends regionally to include Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai, and other cities throughout China and East Asia.
Studio-X Istanbul is an urban laboratory that aims to identify the current and future issues facing the city and seeks to generate innovative forms of thinking for their solutions. It opened in November 2013 and develops free events that foster discussion on the built environment and research projects that generate new forms of sharing the urban public space.
Studio-X Johannesburg further deepens Columbia's longstanding relationship with South Africa and fosters new collaborations across the African continent. It is a creative research platform that explores alternative imaginaries of the city, focusing on the future of global connection.
Studio-X Mumbai explores the built environment by hosting a variety of events that address issues such as contemporary architectural practice, sociology, public art, and the impact of technology on the city.
Since March 2011, Studio-X Rio occupies a three-storey building at Praça Tiradentes, a square in Rio de Janeiro’s downtown area. The space brings together professionals, academics, decision makers, students, and the general public to confront the city's most pressing urban challenges.

Afro-Imaginaries in Harare, Zimbabwe

Taking Olalekan Jeyifous' Africa 2081 series as a model, the workshop runs from June 26 to July 13, exploring "portraits" of liberation and collective action and the ways we think about urban imaginaries. This urban portrait of Harare, Zimbabwe and linking to other sites in the African Diaspora, explores how the imagination, dreams of the future, and desire inform social movements and radical social practices embedded in the everyday life of cities.

Aging Tokyo in Japan

The Aging Tokyo workshop, in collaboration with faculty and students from Waseda University, investigates the future of Tokyo based on shifting demographics and longer human lifespans, and observes how aging currently impacts the city and its periphery, identifies broader trends and opportunities, and locates specific sites and case studies that reveal critical challenges facing the future of Tokyo. The workshop focuses primarily on new forms of housing instigated by aging, but also touches upon broader issues such as mobility, leisure, and de-densification.

Burning Man in Black Rock Desert, Nevada

This three-week immersive workshop is organized around three parts and three places: New York City, California, and Black Rock Desert. With the desert as a canvas, and Burning Man as a context, this workshop is an opportunity for students to become part of a research team that extracts architecture from situations, rather than places.

Data-Mining China: Urban Village in Shenzhen, China

To kickoff Columbia GSAPP’s contribution to the 2017 Shenzhen Biennale, this workshop builds upon the success of two previous summer workshops to experiment with new models of ethnographic and data-analytic research. From July 15 to August 12, students learn and apply data-mining tools to perform a comprehensive analysis of the urban village phenomenon and practice field research techniques (photo, interview, drawing) in key urban villages, such as Baishizhou (Housing the Majority site) and Nantou (UABB exhibition site).

Heritage Sites of the Jordan Trail: Documenting and Interpreting 7,000 Years of Urban Living in Jordan

The Jordan Trail Association officially launched a hiking trail more than 600 kilometers long, connecting many of the historic sites and towns of Jordan. From June 13–26, this summer workshop conducts a rapid assessment of current conditions of the lesser known and largely unprotected historic sites along the trail and anticipates preservation, planning, and interpretative challenges associated with the ongoing development of the route.

Justice in Place: Downtown Regeneration in the shadow of Urban Renewal in Hudson River Valley, NY

This workshop, conducted from August 1–18, leads an intensive community-based planning initiative in and on the City of Poughkeepsie. It engages in this intensive work, immerses students in the community, and builds on a year’s worth of design and planning studios accomplished by Columbia GSAPP students in the city.

The Environmentalist Dilemma: Reducing the economic and social costs of a low carbon city in Madrid, Spain

This workshop is a continuation of the research study “The costs of urbanization” developed at Columbia GSAPP in Spring 2016 that investigates which metrics translate between environmental, social and economic costs associated with urbanization. The workshop uses these metrics to test design-policy solutions for public spaces aimed to become flagship sustainable development areas of the city of Madrid. While in Europe, students visit world renowned urban retrofitting offices and projects, and meet local representatives and urban rehabilitation experts applying solutions in Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona and Madrid. Based on their field work and previous findings, students create a design-policy proposal that minimizes the costs of urbanization, and present it as part of a public call for proposals made by the municipality of Madrid to renovate its public spaces.

The Invisible Eight: The forgotten or otherwise erased modern buildings in Beirut, Lebanon

This workshop focuses on ‘invisible’ modernism in the city of Beirut: the unfortunate modernist buildings that did not survive this very same war and economy. The final output is one large continuous collage oblique drawing of Beirut, plotting (and imagining) in it the invisibles, making them visible again.