Urban Design Studio III, Spring 2017
Kate Orff, Coordinator, Ziad Jamaleddine, Petra Kempf, Nora Akawi, Laura Kurgan, Dilip DaCunha, Geeta Mehta, Julia Watson
Water is constantly in motion, changing states, crossing borders, nourishing (and destroying) life. How can water and urbanism be considered together as a generative frame for urban design practice, social life, and ecological regeneration? The spring semester 2018 urban design studio investigated urbanization challenges in Varanasi India, one of the most significant religious sites along the Ganges River. Our goal was to develop a comprehensive understanding of water systems and social life and how these systems interrelate with a specificity of context, land, economics, religion and urban-rural pattern. Student projects for re-imagining Varanasi combine the exploration of water, economic, social, spatial, and power dynamics to propose resilient urban forms. Rather than “solve problems” and advance land-centric modes of development we aimed to envision an alternative conception of infrastructure and the city centered on water systems, landscape revitalization, health and equity.
Jessica Adiwijaya, Nabi Agzamov, Christopher Chiou, Marwah Atef Labib Garib, Yiran Hu, Linshu Huang, Carmelo Ignaccolo, Jesfae Mariam John, Evelina Shih Knodel, Chu Li, Zhengyin Lu, Grace N Ng, Deniz Onder, Yan Pang, Dissa Pidanti Raras, Kristen Reardon, Mario Andres Ulloa-Leon, Elif Merve Unsal, Fu Wang, Paul Xiaopu Wang, Huaxia Wu, Tianyang Xie, Zichang Yan, Xuanchen Zhang, Ge Zhao, Liwen Zhao, and Daniel Ziss.