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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.

Growing up in Park Slope

Park slope has long been described as one of the most desirable and family-friendly neighbourhood in New York City. We were attempting to reveal how it actually feels like to grow up there through both kids’ and parents’ narratives by interviewing a couple of kids and parents in Byrne Playground, Washington Skatepark and Prospect Park and capturing the moments of their daily activities in these parks.

Guan Wang
Xiaohan Wang
Gigi Singh

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