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M.S. Architecture and Urban Design

Overview
The Urban Design Program is a three-semester degree in the multidisciplinary study of cities, regions, infrastructures, and ecosystems. The program focuses on the city as an agent of resilient change and on the role of design in redefining the twenty-first century urban landscape, advancing new paradigms of research, practice, and pedagogy to meet the challenges of climate change, rapid urbanization, and social inequality. Students and faculty in the MSAUD program are united in their attempt to integrate and underscore the essential links between public space, social justice, and ecological systems. The program asks the venerable and necessarily shifting question: what is “the good city?”—reframing the city not as a fixed, delimited territory but as a gradient of varied landscapes supported by networks of food, energy, resources, culture, transportation, and capital.
The program encourages students to critically confront planetary urbanization via applied and on-site research that advances the idea of urban design as an inclusive, activist, tools-based project for specific sites and communities and as a critical project examining urban form, knowledge, and research processes. A sign of the program’s success is its strong, catalytic alumni working globally and across disciplines, institutions, and communities to help create robust and equitable places to live.
Curriculum
The Urban Design program’s curriculum balances the need for shared and specialized knowledge with individual student research interests. The core of the program is the three-semester sequence of studios. The Summer Studio I is foundational and addresses the experimental, representational, and constructive aspects of urban design as a process. The studio frames the Five Boroughs of New York City as a learning lab, examining biophysical infrastructures, conflicting public and private interests, and ongoing socio-spatial change. The Fall Studio II expands its scope to consider the city-region, examining large scale interdependencies and interactions. Studio research addresses the particular conditions of American city-regions (currently, the Hudson Valley) in which shifting ecological, topographical, infrastructural, demographic, and social conditions call for new strategies for systemic action. The final Spring Studio III takes on problems of global urbanization, extending previous work on variously-scaled physical and social infrastructures, programmatic interventions, and community partnerships. The studio typically travels to two cities, working in close cooperation with local partners and organizations.
Studios

The studio sequence runs adjacent to a number of required and elective courses that develop skills in spatial analysis, critical thinking, research methods, and visualization techniques—and that enable students to rigorously propose urban change in any number of capacities. Elective courses, encouraged at GSAPP and other schools at the university, address the specific and varied problems, facets, and processes of urbanization—from human rights to agricultural policy to systems of finance. Throughout the interwoven studio-seminars sequence, projects emphasize a multi-scalar approach to site and program, embracing local, regional, and global scales and advancing the role of the urban designer as a thoughtful practitioner entangled with a diverse set of actors and existing conditions, and crucial to the implementation of imagined futures.

Studio I

The Summer semester consists of four courses that operate intellectually and methodologically as an integrated curriculum focusing on the New York metropolitan region. All work is based on the coordinated learning of concepts, working methods, historical precedents, research protocols, and representational strategies. Faculty and associates overlap, courses and subjects mix, and design agendas are tested in various settings. This teaching model demonstrates how Urban design can weave together varied tasks of storytelling, community engagement, site survey and interpretation, filmmaking, digital visualization, mapping, and 3D modeling, all of which enable students to create urban knowledge and to iterate, represent and communicate design ideas.

Studio II

The Fall Studio II expands in scope to consider the city-region, examining large scale interdependencies and interactions. Studio research addresses the particular conditions of American city-regions (currently, the Hudson Valley) in which shifting ecological, topographical, infrastructural, demographic and social conditions call for new strategies for systemic action.

Studio III

The final Spring Studio III takes on problems of global urbanization, extending previous work on variously-scaled physical and social infrastructures, programmatic interventions and community partnerships. The studio typically travels to two cities, working in close cooperation with local partners and organizations.

In this eleventh episode of GSAPP Conversations, Urban Design Director Kate Orff joins Dean Amale Andraos to discuss what it means to think across scales and connect our human life with the geological time scale, how traveling international studios allow students to better address challenges shared by otherwise very different cities, and teaching the reciprocity of physical design and social context.

Listen to more podcasts from the Urban Design program by following UD Sessions: The Expanded Field of Urban Design, a series of conversations with urban designers around the globe, who graduated from or taught at GSAPP’s Urban Design program. By discussing their current work and reflecting on how their experience at GSAPP shaped their thinking about design, cities, and politics, the series explores the ways in which the field of urban design expanded since its emergence. Hosted by Kaja Kühl and Grahame Shane.

Fall 2019 Urban Design Studio II
A Behind the Scenes Look
Current Faculty

Spring 2020 Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A6804‑1 Spring 2020
Cotton Kingdom, Now
Sara Zewde
WARE LOUNGE
TU 4 PM - 6 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14015
A6851‑1 Spring 2020
Urban Design Studio III
Kate Orff, Lee Altman, Adriana Chavez, Dilip da Cunha, Geeta Mehta, Thaddeus Pawlowski, Julia Watson, Fitsum Gelaye
UD STUDIO - FAYERWEATHER
M & TH 1:30 PM - 6 :30 PM , F 3:30-5:30
FULL SEMESTER
9 Points
11468
A4385‑1 Spring 2020
Arab Modernism(s): Experiments in Housing, 1945-present
Yasser Elsheshtawy
200 BUELL
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11356
A4397‑1 Spring 2020
Speculative City: Crisis, Turmoil, and Projections in Architecture
David Eugin Moon Syllabus
323 FAYERWEATHER
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13909
A4846‑1 Spring 2020
Super-Tall
Bst dosso joyce chen sp20 04 building enclosure   maintenance
Bst dosso ningxin huang sp20 03 vertical transportation
Bst dosso hazel villena sp20 01 mep   structures
Nicole Dosso
505 AVERY
TH 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11464
A4353‑1 Spring 2020
Le Corbusier
Kenneth Frampton
209 FAYERWEATHER
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13719
A4688‑1 Spring 2020
Recombinant Urbanism
David Grahame Shane Syllabus
WARE
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11761
A4987‑1 Spring 2020
Architectural Photography: From the Models to the Built World
Scott guo 5
Architectural photography gif 1 sm
Architectural photography gif 2 sm
Michael Vahrenwald
115 AVERY
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11420
A6460‑1 Spring 2020
Architecture and Ethics in the Post-Truth, Neoliberal Era
Nicolai Ouroussoff Syllabus
200 BUELL
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14118
A6815‑1 Spring 2020
Public Space: Rhetorics of the Pedestrian
David Smiley Syllabus
WARE LOUNGE
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11762
A6858‑1 Spring 2020
Open Work
Enrique Walker
300 BUELL SOUTH
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
16335
A6878‑1 Spring 2020
Architecture and Settler Colonialism: Territories, Infrastructures, & Institutions
Caitlin Blanchfield Syllabus
409 AVERY HALL
TU 9AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
25327
A4444‑1 Spring 2020
Façade Detailing: A Material Understanding
Bst schorn zifanzhang xiaoxuanhu
Bst schorn xutianliu jingjingwu
Bst schorn ruiwang yininghe
Kevin Schorn Syllabus
409 AVERY HALL
TH 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
16139
A4870‑1 Spring 2020
Modular Anatomy
Bst tjeldflaat jackblythe jacobgulinson sp20 05 gif sm
Bst tjeldflaat erickasong morganparrish sp20 01 assembly sm
Bst tjeldflaat neuy buranasiri meissane kouassi keneilwe ramaphosa sp20 isometric page 1
Andreas Tjeldflaat Syllabus
115 AVERY HALL
W 9 AM -11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
16153
A6840‑1 Spring 2020
Archives of Toxicity
Mark Wasiuta
300 BUELL SOUTH
TU 4 PM - 6 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
16161
A6869‑1 Spring 2020
Nature, Infrastructure and the Making of South Asia
Ateya Khorakiwala Syllabus
409 AVERY HALL
M 11 AM - 11 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
16337
A6873‑1 Spring 2020
The Image, The Structure, The Argument: Architectural Rhetoric and Modes of Seeing
Eva Hagberg
204 FAYERWEATHER
W 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
16339
A4890‑1 Spring 2020
Conflict Urbanism
Laura Kurgan Syllabus
300 BUELL SOUTH
W 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11361
A4122‑1 Spring 2020
Mapping For Architecture Urbanism and Humanities
Archa4122 fuhrman hailuntan sp20 01 chinese grocers in greenville, mississippi sm
Archa4122 fuhrman joylee sp20 01 hong kong history  a century of cinema, politics, and culture 1 sm
Archa4122 fuhrman tristanschendel sp20 01 mapping morningside heights
Emily Fuhrman Syllabus
WARE LOUNGE
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14051
A4407‑1 Spring 2020
Methods in Spatial Research
Carsten Rodin
200 BUELL
F 9 AM - 11 AM
SESSION A
1.5 Points
14040
A4063‑1 Spring 2020
Points Unknown: Cartographic Narratives
Anays gonzales candelaria mas pohmajevic sharvari raje
Ashley esparza, gustava gruentuch, and aayushi pradip joshi
Juan Saldarriaga, Michael Krisch
WARE LOUNGE
F 11 AM -1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14014
A4552‑1 Spring 2020
Dark Space: Architecture Representation & Black Identity
Mario Gooden Syllabus
504 AVERY
TU 11 AM-1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11359
A4898‑1 Spring 2020
(Re)Programming - Museums
David van der Leer
505 AVERY
F 12 PM - 2 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
14042
GR6892‑1 Spring 2020
Spatial Inequity: Subaltern Urbanism
TBD
TU 6:00  PM - 8:00 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
15776
PLAN4059‑1 Spring 2020
Circular Cities: A New Urban Future
Malo Hutson Syllabus All GSAPP Interdisciplinary
209 FAYERWEATHER
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
16341
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