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Read The Climate Crisis: Envisioning a Green New Deal in the Hudson Valley online here
The Climate Crisis: Envisioning a Green New Deal in the Hudson Valley

Urban Design Studio II, Fall 2019

Kaja Kühl (Coordinator); Anna Dietzsch, Justin G. Moore, Jerome Haferd, Liz McEnaney, Shachi Pandey, Raafi Rivero, David Smiley and Dragana Zoric (Studio Faculty); Shivani Ajaykumar Agarwal, Greg LeMaire (Research Assistants)

Working in the Hudson Valley, the Fall Urban Design Studio at GSAPP operates at the regional scale and asks students to enter the discourse of urbanization beyond cities to engage unevenly dispersed socio-spatial ecosystems at multiple scales. The Hudson Valley, a region defined by multiple systems, histories, and geographies, touches the lives of millions and has deep connections to New York City, the global metropolis at its southern edge. For this studio, region is defined neither by a political boundary nor a physical area but, in the tradition of Patrick Geddes, the region is understood as the integration of settlements, modes of production and consumption, and the topographic and biological contexts in which they take place.

Specifically, the Fall 2019 studio explored the region’s rural/urban socio-spatial ecosystems as the site for intervention to address the global climate crisis. As part of a GSAPP-wide collaboration “Public Works for a Green New Deal,” students worked closely with local stakeholders, elected officials, organizations, non-profits, community groups, and planning and design professionals to envision just and equitable pathways towards decarbonizing the region.

Student Projects

  • Good(s) Shift: Antonia Medina Abell, Hugo Bovea, Tal Fuerst, Sharvari Raje
  • Building Cradle to Cradle: Victoria Vuono, Laszlo Kovacs, Sophie Lee, Ritchie Ju
  • Green It, Clean it!: Anai Perez, Danwei Pan, Pratibha Singh, Zixuan Zhang
  • Quarryscape: Zhou Wu, Palvasha Sophia Khan, Nikita K, Ashwin Nambiar
  • Social Carbon: You-Chiao Wu, Mary Elizabeth Allen, Minjung Lee, Candelaria Mas Pohmajevic
  • Collaborative Main Street: Chris Zheng, Hatem Alkhathlan, Einat Lubliner, Sushmita Sheker
  • Drive-Less Life: Shuo Han, Isabella Zhang, Yao Yao
  • A Sentence Rewritten: Aasiya, Zhen Hua, Yuan Qin, Alvi Khan
  • Dispersing Wellness: Mansoo Han, Niharika Shekhawat, Shailee Shah, Ting Zhang
  • What’s On Your Plate? Food as Knowledge: Annie Wu, Moneerah Alajaji, Vasanth Mayilvahanan, Wei Zhang
  • These Routes Are Made For Walking: Yile Xu, Jaime Palacios, Kunal Mokasdar, Lino Caceres
  • Unboxed: Hala Abukhodair, Scott Guo, Xinuye Liu, Stuti Ganatra
  • Carbon Sequestration: Menghan Zhang, Tian Hao, Kuan-I Wu, Eleni Stefania Kalapoda
  • Migroculture: German Bahamon, Claudia Kleffmann, Nina Lish, Nina Ndichu, Angus Palmer