Laura Kurgan

Laura Kurgan (‘88 M.Arch) is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, where she directs the Visual Studies curriculum, and the Center for Spatial Research. She is the author of Close Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology, and Politics (Zone Books, 2013). Her work explores things ranging from digital mapping technologies to the ethics and politics of mapping, and the art, science and visualization of data. Her work has appeared at the Cartier Foundation in Paris, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Whitney Altria, MACBa Barcelona, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, and the Museum of Modern Art. She was the winner of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship in 2009.
GSAPP Conversations #24: Laura Kurgan in Conversation with Amale Andraos

Laura Kurgan speaks with Dean Amale Andraos about her work at the school’s Center for Spatial Research, including the recently completed Brain Index, a large-scale interactive installation for Columbia University’s Mind, Brain, Behavioral Institute, as well as Kurgan’s ongoing research project Conflict Urbanism: Aleppo.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4890‑1 Spring 2019
Conflict Urbanism: Puerto Rico Now
Laura Kurgan, Frances Negron-Muntaner All GSAPP interdisciplinary, GSAS
F 1 PM - 3 PM
3 Points
A6851‑1 Spring 2018
Urban Design Studio III
Sp18 ud fanurbanism wangchuangtsaiguo 01c
Sp18 ud fanurbanism wangchuangtsaiguo 02
Sp18 ud fanurbanism wangchuangtsaiguo dia
Kate Orff, Ziad Jamaleddine, Laura Kurgan, Nora Akawi, Geeta Mehta, Julia Watson, Dilip da Cunha
M & TH 1:30 PM - 6 :30 PM, F 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Full Semester
9 Points
A4105‑4 Fall 2017
Architecture Studio V
Drawing Attention Axonometric by Anosha Zanjani
Drawing Attention Screencapture of VR Experience by Anosha Zanjani
Drawing Attention User Drawings by Anosha Zanjani
Laura Kurgan Syllabus
Full Semester
0 Points
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