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Urban Design Studio II, Fall 2021

Emanuel Admassu (Coordinator), Lexi Tsien, Nina Cooke John, Chat Travieso

How can we disentangle urban design and architecture from property? How can we use this moment of environmental and institutional reckoning to disassemble the exploitative regimes of speculation and displacement that anchor the built environment? In other words, where do we go from here? This studio aims to identify temporal slippages and spatial practices that carve out moments of liberations from the limits of property. Studio participants developed collective intelligence, gathering samples from various cultural and political geographies, to experiment with ways of seeing beyond the privatized enclosure in the Metropolitan Atlanta region—the city and its sprawling suburbs. The aim is to design a region (with hopes of building a world) that is not tethered to individual ownership, but instead, predicated on collective stewardship and care.

Featured Student Projects

  • Cabbagetown: Community Through Domesticity
    Shirley Chen, Jie Kong, Sydnee Sampson, Jake Tiernan
  • Atlanta University Campus: Atlanta University De-center
    Changbin Kim, Jisoo Kim, Lamisa Mashiyat Haque, Govardan Rajasekaran Umashankar
  • Reynoldstown: Right of Living
    Achmad Maulana, Javier Ortiz, Carmen Yu, Curran Zhang
  • English Avenue: Vacancy Re-defined
    Daniela Deu, Samuel Dye, Haotian Jiang, Minsung Kim
  • Pratt-Pullman Yards: Enclave of Resistance
    Avani Agarwal, Bianca Bryant, Riya Chadha, Gloria Mah
  • Bowen Homes: Collective Reparations
    Cesar Delgado, Lucas Coelho Netto, Galina Novikova, Praditi Singh
  • Chattahoochee River: De-centralize the River
    Surabhi R. Dahivalkar, Rae Lei, Zhifan Li, Aishwarya Mathukumilli
  • Cop City: After-Police
    Jiaxin Li, Shuhua Li, Rongxin Tang, Jiayi Zhao
  • Studio City: Buford Productions Supercharged: Buford Productions Supercharged
    Jiaming Huang, Shinan Liu, Rotina Tian, Kenny Zhuo
  • Airport Logistical Area: (In)efficient Systems
    Lianghao Cheng, Hao Ma, Kimberly Ramirez, Lipeng Zhu
  • West End: Urban Soil: An Agro-Industrial Imaginary
    Giulia Chagas, Tanuja Dhanasekaran, Rhea Pai, Yasmine Katkhuda