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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.

From the Other Side

Hoboken is a place that is quickly urbanizing along its waterfront. The residents have a deep affection for their hometown that is rooted in the city’s rich history and feel it is now being threatened. The development brings New Yorkers, in the form of business and new residents, over but pushes the original residents further inland. The development that causes Hoboken to become a hotspot of activity is at the same time creating the division between waterfront and inland communities. This neighborhood portrait brings both points of views to light.

Tzu Ying Chuang
Yijie Hu
Donovan Dunkley

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