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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.

Bryant Park: Publicly Owned, Privately Managed

Description: This video aims at setting Bryant Park as a successful publicly owned, privately managed business model for other corporation to follow. The interview with the president of Bryant Park Corporation Daniel Biederman is the storyline, which he explains how the park is managed and maintained, what is the pro and con of this type model, what are the events and how they held in the park during the year, and the future vision.

Caroline Jeon
Fah (Marnfah) Kanjanavanit
Yiqi Mei

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