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Kaja Kühl

Kaja Kühl directs the Hudson Valley Initiative at GSAPP. The initiative enables research and design projects that enhance the built and natural environment by expanding social impact design, taking research and scholarship beyond the classroom.

In addition, she coordinates the 5 Borough Studio, the first studio in the Urban Design program with a focus on New York City’s five boroughs.

She has taught and lectured at universities in the US and abroad and has been a Visiting Professor at the IUAV Venezia, Italy. Kaja received her Diploma in Architecture from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany and an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia GSAPP.

She is the founder of youarethecity, a research, design and planning practice focused on creating dialogue about the urban environment. Informed by the belief that everyone has agency in shaping their own environment, youarethecity collaborates with institutions, individuals and non-profit organizations to produce maps, diagrams, writings, designs, websites, events and exhibitions about urban spaces.

Recent projects include a hiking trail through Northern Manhattan and the Morningside Park Green Gym. As a fellow of the Public Policy Lab (2012-2014), Kühl developed design solutions for housing-related services and of the Design Trust For Public Space (2013), she mapped and researched the suitability for urban agriculture on public land in New York City. Her recent work “Field Guide and Field Lab to Phytoremediation” was shown at the 13th Architecture Biennale in Venice and published in numerous design publications. Prior to founding youarethecity in 2008, she worked for the New York City Department of City Planning as an Urban Designer and team leader where she was responsible for design guidance and development of public policy for rezoning applications and city initiatives.

Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A6850‑1 Fall 2019
The Climate Crisis—Imagining a Green New Deal in the Hudson Valley
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Screen shot 2020 05 09 at 11.46.52 am
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Kaja Kühl Syllabus
206 FAYERWEATHER
M & TH 1:30 - 6:30; F 3 PM - 5 PM
FULL SEMESTER
9 Points
41408
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 Syllabus Required for UD
TBA
M, W & TH 2 PM - 6 PM
Full Semester
9 Points
61546
A6849‑1 Summer 2017
Urban Design Studio
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Ud kuehl huanyuchen lesliechuang carolinejeon xianyaoxia su17 01web
Ud kuehl jack bai deeksha kalra  jose neto  su17 01web
Kaja Kühl, Thaddeus Pawlowski, James Khamsi, Ben Brady, Brian Baldor, Philippa Brashear Syllabus UD Required
700 AVERY
M/W/Th 2 PM - 6 PM
Full Semester
9 Points
75505