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Reading New York Urbanisms - Summer 2016

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.

Red Hook Love Affair

Red Hook Love Affair paints a portrait of the neighborhood through the eyes of three residents: Rohan, a restaurant worker, Patrick, a filmmaker, and Antonio, a local business owner. The short film recounts the characters’ experiences of Hurricane Sandy and their perspectives on how the community has come together to rebuild itself. Red Hook Love Affair also delves into other forces currently shaping the neighborhood and the residents’ responses to the change.

Christopher Chiou
Nabi Agzamov
Zhaoyu Zhu

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