Afro-Imaginaries in Harare, Zimbabwe
Taking Olalekan Jeyifous' Africa 2081 series as a model, the workshop runs from June 26 to July 13, exploring "portraits" of liberation and collective action and the ways we think about urban imaginaries. This urban portrait of Harare, Zimbabwe and linking to other sites in the African Diaspora, explores how the imagination, dreams of the future, and desire inform social movements and radical social practices embedded in the everyday life of cities.
Aging Tokyo in Japan
The Aging Tokyo workshop, in collaboration with faculty and students from Waseda University, investigates the future of Tokyo based on shifting demographics and longer human lifespans, and observes how aging currently impacts the city and its periphery, identifies broader trends and opportunities, and locates specific sites and case studies that reveal critical challenges facing the future of Tokyo. The workshop focuses primarily on new forms of housing instigated by aging, but also touches upon broader issues such as mobility, leisure, and de-densification.
Burning Man in Black Rock Desert, Nevada
This three-week immersive workshop is organized around three parts and three places: New York City, California, and Black Rock Desert. With the desert as a canvas, and Burning Man as a context, this workshop is an opportunity for students to become part of a research team that extracts architecture from situations, rather than places.
Data-Mining China: Urban Village in Shenzhen, China
To kickoff Columbia GSAPP’s contribution to the 2017 Shenzhen Biennale, this workshop builds upon the success of two previous summer workshops to experiment with new models of ethnographic and data-analytic research. From July 15 to August 12, students learn and apply data-mining tools to perform a comprehensive analysis of the urban village phenomenon and practice field research techniques (photo, interview, drawing) in key urban villages, such as Baishizhou (Housing the Majority site) and Nantou (UABB exhibition site).
Heritage Sites of the Jordan Trail: Documenting and Interpreting 7,000 Years of Urban Living in Jordan
The Jordan Trail Association officially launched a hiking trail more than 600 kilometers long, connecting many of the historic sites and towns of Jordan. From June 13–26, this summer workshop conducts a rapid assessment of current conditions of the lesser known and largely unprotected historic sites along the trail and anticipates preservation, planning, and interpretative challenges associated with the ongoing development of the route.
Justice in Place: Downtown Regeneration in the shadow of Urban Renewal in Hudson River Valley, NY
This workshop, conducted from August 1–18, leads an intensive community-based planning initiative in and on the City of Poughkeepsie. It engages in this intensive work, immerses students in the community, and builds on a year’s worth of design and planning studios accomplished by Columbia GSAPP students in the city.
The Environmentalist Dilemma: Reducing the economic and social costs of a low carbon city in Madrid, Spain
This workshop is a continuation of the research study “The costs of urbanization” developed at Columbia GSAPP in Spring 2016 that investigates which metrics translate between environmental, social and economic costs associated with urbanization. The workshop uses these metrics to test design-policy solutions for public spaces aimed to become flagship sustainable development areas of the city of Madrid. While in Europe, students visit world renowned urban retrofitting offices and projects, and meet local representatives and urban rehabilitation experts applying solutions in Amsterdam, Paris, Barcelona and Madrid. Based on their field work and previous findings, students create a design-policy proposal that minimizes the costs of urbanization, and present it as part of a public call for proposals made by the municipality of Madrid to renovate its public spaces.
The Invisible Eight: The forgotten or otherwise erased modern buildings in Beirut, Lebanon
This workshop focuses on ‘invisible’ modernism in the city of Beirut: the unfortunate modernist buildings that did not survive this very same war and economy. The final output is one large continuous collage oblique drawing of Beirut, plotting (and imagining) in it the invisibles, making them visible again.