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Reading New York Urbanisms - Summer 2017

Reading new york urbanisms is a required class in the first semester of the master of science in architecture and urban design (Msaud) Program at the graduate school of architecture, planning and preservation at columbia university. The goal of the class is to introduce students to new york city as a laboratory of historical experiments in both designing and interpreting the urban environment, to provide future urban designers with the observational and representational tools to “read” the city and the multiple forces that influence its physical form and social experience. Working in groups, students created short videos documenting the sense of place in sites that ranged from infrastructural systems like grand central terminal and the gowanus canal to ethnic enclaves like chinatown and little italy. From roosevelt island to red hook, these video portraits reveal underlying urban conditions and illuminate cultural, demographic, architectural, and environmental readings of the city.

Astoria on a Plate

Astoria on a Plate
Ban Edilbi – Meng Li – Saritza Martinez Rodriguez

Queens, NY, is known to be the most diverse borough, and Astoria, is considered to be one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Queens. It was initially known to be a Greek enclave, but the area has welcomed different nationalities since, which is reflected in the food options available.
Our video aims to capture Astoria at the moment in relation to the diversity of the residents, visitors, and the food options available. It also looks at the history of the neighborhood and what changes Astoria is expected to face.

Ban Edilbi
Meng Li
Saritza Martinez Rodriguez

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