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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.

Cultural Identity – Food as A Clue Chinatown in New York City

As an immigrant community in New York City, Chinatown shares a very different characteristic from any other communities in the city, which has an introverted culture but also an affinity atmosphere at the same time.
Food is a significant part of lifestyle and through it we can easily distinguish different culture characteristics.
Using food as a clue helps us go deep into the community and find out how Chinese culture merges with American culture and simultaneously keep their own identity.
The video will use two interviews, one is with a Chinese food business man and other one is with an American-Born Chinese to explore cultural merge and identity in Chinatown through food.
American culture and Chinese culture affecting each other brings change to food habitat of both American and Chinese, sharing the same food indicating the cultural merge and having their own favor showing the cultural identity.

Haochen Yang, Linshu Huang, Yan Pang

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