M.S. Architecture and Urban Design

Overview
The Urban Design Program is focused on the city as an agent of resilient change and on the role of design in redefining the 21st century urban landscape. The program advances new paradigms of research, practice and pedagogy to meet the urgent challenges of rapid urbanization, the increasing threats of climate change and social inequality. Students and faculty in the Program aim to integrate the essential links between public space, social justice and ecological systems. We ask the venerable and necessarily shifting question: what is “the good city?”

Global shifts in the climate system require resetting the paradigms that have guided urban growth for centuries. The Program frames the city not as a fixed, delineated territory—a modernist fixation on boundaries—but instead as a gradient of varied landscapes supported by networks of food, energy, resources, culture, transportation and capital. In this light, the historical terms urban, rural or suburban are no longer sufficient to address the “wicked problem” of climate change. Program work stresses near and long term threats to local, regional and global ecosystems, framing urban design as both an inclusive, activist, tools-based project for specific sites and communities and as a critical project examining urban form, knowledge and research processes.

Students and faculty work together over a series of three intensive semesters to weave a multi-scalar analysis of urban-regional fabrics and infrastructures with on-the ground, detailed studies of places and lived conditions. New York City serves as a primary initial case study for a design methodology; the scope expands in the second semester to regional research about New York and other American city-regions and concludes in the final semester with investigations in emerging global capitals and agglomerations in Asia, Africa, and South America.

Curriculum

The curriculum exploits the pedagogic potential of the design studio as a site of research, visionary speculation and critical inquiry. The Urban Design curriculum broadly integrates a range of interdisciplinary expertise, internal to Columbia University—such as the School of Public Health, the Earth Institute, and the School of Engineering—and external to the school, through regular engagement with governmental and non-governmental agencies, institutions and organizations.

Across the three semesters of the program, work ranges from site formation and policy, to visualization, and documentation of lived spatial and social conditions. Research, assignments and deliverables seek forms of mediation and action to address the challenges of global and local change. The sequencing of three studios builds a shared understanding of urban theories and terms, design tools, and research methods essential to urban design thought and practice. The collaborative studio setting enables a synthetic approach to design that weaves together environment, systems, and planning.

Studios

Throughout the studio sequence, projects emphasize a multi-scalar approach to site and program, embracing local, regional, and global scales and advancing the role of the urban designer as a catalytic and thoughtful practitioner who can place herself among diverse actors, existing conditions, and imagined futures.

Studio I

The Summer Studio I is foundational, addressing experimental, representational and constructive aspects of urban design as a process. The studio frames the Five Boroughs of New York City as a learning lab, examining biophysical infrastructures, conflicting public and private interests, and ongoing socio-spatial change.

Studio II

The Fall Studio II expands in scope to consider the city-region, examining large scale interdependencies and interactions. Studio research addresses the particular conditions of American city-regions (currently, the Hudson Valley) in which shifting ecological, topographical, infrastructural, demographic and social conditions call for new strategies for systemic action.

Studio III

The final Spring Studio III takes on problems of global urbanization, extending previous work on variously-scaled physical and social infrastructures, programmatic interventions and community partnerships. The studio typically travels to two cities, working in close cooperation with local partners and organizations.

In this eleventh episode of GSAPP Conversations, Urban Design Director Kate Orff joins Dean Amale Andraos to discuss what it means to think across scales and connect our human life with the geological time scale, how traveling international studios allow students to better address challenges shared by otherwise very different cities, and teaching the reciprocity of physical design and social context.

Current Faculty

Summer 2017 Courses

Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4528‑1 Summer 2017
Digital Techniques
Kyle Hovenkotter UD Required
114 Avery Hall
Tu 4 PM - 6 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
64692
A4685‑1 Summer 2017
Urban Theory & Design In the Post-Industrial Age
Noah Chasin, Anthony Acciavatti UD Required
114 Avery Hall
Tu 10 AM - 12PM
Full Semester
3 Points
93196
A6824‑1 Summer 2017
Reading NY Urbanism
Cassim Shepard UD Required
114 Avery Hall
W 10 AM - 12 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
81029
A6849‑1 Summer 2017
Urban Design Studio
Kaja Kühl UD Required
700 AVERY
M/W/Th 2 PM - 6 PM
Full Semester
9 Points
75505
Pla6564 Spring 2015
INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION, LOCAL IMPLEMENTATION
/ Max
88030
A6805‑1 Spring 2016
MAPPING FOR ARCHITECTURE URBANISM AND HUMANITIES
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Juan Saldarriaga ALL GSAPP_ INTERDISCP, GSAS
TBA
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMSTER
3 Points
70796
A6352‑1 Spring 2015
ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Erieta Attali
201 FAYERWEATHER
TU 2 PM - 4 PM
FULL SEMESTER
1.5 Points
85030
A6825‑1 Spring 2015
THE ARCHITECTURE_ENGINEERING HYBRID AND THE FORMAL DOMAIN
José Aragüez
300 BUELL SOUTH
TU 5 PM - 7 PM
SES B= 10/26-12/4
1.5 Points
86532
A6448‑1 Spring 2017
Design Theories, 1960-
Enrique Walker History/Theory- Modern
600 Avery
TH 11AM- 1PM
Full Semester
3 Points
66697
A6778‑1 Spring 2015
IMPERATIVES OF URBANISM
Jeffrey Inaba
300 BUELL SOUTH
TU 5 PM - 7 PM
SES A= 9/8-10/23
1.5 Points
16446
A4837‑1 Spring 2015
APPLIED RESEARCH III
408 AVERY
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
61399
A4722‑1 Spring 2015
NETWORK CITY
600 STUDIO
M, W, & F 2 PM - 6 PM
FULL SEMESTER
9 Points
67196
A6827‑1 Spring 2015
ROMA 20-25
Sandro Marpillero
600 AVERY
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
SES B= 10/26-12/4
1.5 Points
23547
A6828‑1 Spring 2015
ARCHITECTURE AFTER ITS DESTRUCTION
WARE LOUNGE
F 9AM - 11AM
SES A= 9/8-10/23
1.5 Points
60846
A6835‑1 Spring 2015
ASIAN URBANISM NOW
Geeta Mehta
WARE LOUNGE
F 9AM - 11AM
SES B= 10/26-12/4
1.5 Points
80996
A4525‑1 Spring 2015
SIMULATION AS THE ORIGIN OF TANGIBLE FORM
301 FAYERWEATHER
M & TH 2 PM - 6 PM
FULL SEMESTER
4 Points
97353
A6823‑1 Spring 2015
GLOBAL SCALE
Reinhold Martin
115 AVERY
TU 1 PM -3 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
67198
A4651‑1 Spring 2015
THE ORDINARY
Enrique Walker
114 AVERY
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
84030
A4141‑1 Spring 2015
BEYOND PROTOTYPE
115 AVERY
W 9 AM - 11 AM + F 9AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
91446
A6818‑1 Spring 2015
THE BIRTH OF EARLY MODERN THEORY AND ITS REFLECTION OF MODERNITY
FABSHOP
TU 7 PM- 9 PM
SES A= 9/8-10/23
1.5 Points
23657
Pla4518‑1 Spring 2015
ALGORITHMS AND URBANISMS: SIMCITY
201 FAYERWEATHER
TH 2 PM - 4 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
63016
A4839‑1 Spring 2015
AESTHETICS OF DECAY
Jorge Otero-Pailos
300 BUELL NORTH
TU 5 PM - 7 PM
SES A= 9/8-10/23
1.5 Points
67998
A4682‑1 Spring 2015
ADVANCED ENERGY PERFORMANCE IN ARCHITECTURE
Craig Schwitter
115 AVERY
TU 9 AM- 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
66449
A4672‑1 Spring 2015
HOLISTIC SKINS – INTEGRATION FOR PERFORMANCE.
Silvia Prandelli
600 AVERY
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
71496
A4833‑1 Spring 2015
MODELING AFTER THE COMPUTER
Babak Bryan
200 BUELL
TU 11 AM-1PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
21296
A6822‑1 Spring 2015
BEHIND THE NYLON CURTAIN, COLD WAR ARCHITECTURE
114 AVERY
W 11 AM -1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
27098
A4753‑1 Spring 2015
SPECIAL TOPICS IN FABRICATION: DESIGN MACHINE
300 AVERY
W 11AM -1PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
22200
Spring 2015
ADV TOPICS IN CONSTRUCT MANAG + TECH
/ Max
83447
A4642‑1 Spring 2017
Contested Grounds: The Spatial Politics of Memory
Mabel O. Wilson History/Theory- Modern
300 Buell South
TU 4PM- 6PM
Full Semester
3 Points
27549
Pla6238 Spring 2015
NEW DIRECTIONS FOR DEVELOPMENT: RETHINKING WORKPLACES, BUILDINGS, AND THE CITY
/ Max
10784
Pla6109‑1 Spring 2015
PLANNING FOR RETAIL
TBA
F 3 PM - 5 PM
SES B
1.5 Points
13596
Pla6546‑1 Spring 2015
LAND AND HOUSING POLICY IN EAST ASIA
200 FAYERWEATHER
TU 1 PM - 3 PM
FULL SEMESTER
1 Points
61948
A4080‑1 Summer 2017
Historic Preservation Elective Internship
Melissa Parsowith 85282
Pla6551‑1 Spring 2015
TRANSBORDERING PLANNING: LIMINAL PLACES, POWERS AND CULTURES
Clara Irazábal
FULL SEMESTER
1.5 Points
78147
Pla6460‑1 Spring 2015
URBAN REDEVELOPMENT POLICY
Robert Beauregard
200 FAYERWEATHER
W 11 AM - 1 PM
SES A= 9/8-10/23
1.5 Points
75513
Pla6345 Spring 2015
PROPERTY IN COMMON: CO-DISPLINARY NEXUS BETWEEN ARCHITECTURE AND REAL PROPERTY
Catherine Ingraham
/ Max
26998
GR6409‑1 Spring 2017
Trade & Innov German Arch 1790-1935
Barry Bergdoll Art History - Hist/Theory - Modern
612 Schermerhorn
T 4:10 PM- 6PM
Full Semester
3 Points
23351
A4524‑1 Fall 2014
THE TOPOLOGICAL STUDY OF FORM
114 AVERY
R 06:00P-08:00PAVH AVERY HALL 114
SES A
1.5 Points
96396
A4525‑1 Fall 2014
SIMULATION-ORIG-TANGIBLE FORM
114 AVERY
R 06:00P-08:00PAVH AVERY HALL 114
SES B / Max 40
1.5 Points
13696
P4050‑1 Summer 2017
Urban Planning Elective Internship
Margaret Wiryaman 73442
A4718‑1 Fall 2014
CINEMATIC COMMUNICATION
114 AVERY
R 08:00P-10:00PAVH AVERY HALL 114
SES A
1.5 Points
23196
Fall 2014
OPEN CARTOGRAPHIES I
Juan Saldarriaga
300 BUELL NORTH
T 05:00P-07:00PBUE BUELL HALL 300
SES A= 9/2- 10/17
1.5 Points
76283
A4819‑1 Fall 2014
SITE TO SITE-SITE TO WEB
300 BUELL NORTH
R 07:00P-09:00PBUE BUELL HALL 300 N
SES A
1.5 Points
78296
A4822‑1 Fall 2014
SITE TO SITE-WEB TO SITE
300 BUELL NORTH
R 07:00P-09:00PBUE BUELL HALL 300 N
SES B
1.5 Points
86396
A4837‑1 Fall 2014
POST PARAMETRIC
412 AVERY
W 11:00A-01:00PAVH AVERY HALL 412
Full SEMESTER
3 Points
80942
Pla6372‑1 Fall 2014
HYPERDENSITY + THE FUTURE
FAYERWEATHER200 S
F 10:00A-02:00PFAY FAYERWEATHER200 S
001
3 Points
78441
Fall 2014
OPEN CARTOGRAPHIES II
Juan Saldarriaga
300 BUELL NORTH
T 05:00P-07:00PBUE BUELL HALL 300
SES B= 10/20-11/28
1.5 Points
27996
P4050‑1 Fall 2017
UP Elective Internship
Margaret Wiryaman Elective- Open to HP 2nd Yr & UP 2nd Yr with approval only (via application)
Full Semester
1.5 Points
75847
A4651‑1 Spring 2014
THE ORDINARY
Enrique Walker
300 AVERY
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
84030
A4722‑1 Spring 2014
NETWORK CITY
115 AVERY
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
67196
A4672‑1 Spring 2014
HOLISTIC SKINS – INTEGRATION FOR PERFORMANCE.
Silvia Prandelli
300 AVERY
M 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
71496
A4682‑1 Spring 2014
ADVANCED ENERGY PERFORMANCE IN ARCHITECTURE
Craig Schwitter Syllabus
202 FAYERWEATHE
W 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
66449
A6818‑1 Spring 2014
THE BIRTH OF EARLY MODERN THEORY AND ITS REFLECTION OF MODERNITY
505 AVERY
F 11 AM-1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
23657
A6823‑1 Spring 2014
GLOBAL SCALE
Reinhold Martin
300 BUELL S
TU 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
67198
A6825‑1 Spring 2014
THE ARCHITECTURE_ENGINEERING HYBRID AND THE FORMAL DOMAIN
300 AVERY
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
86532
A6827‑1 Spring 2014
ROMA 20-25
Sandro Marpillero
504 AVERY
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
23547
A6828‑1 Spring 2014
ARCHITECTURE AFTER ITS DESTRUCTION
408 AVERY
TU 11 AM -1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
60846
A6835‑1 Spring 2014
ASIAN URBANISM NOW
Geeta Mehta
200 BUELL N
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
80996
A6778‑1 Spring 2014
IMPERATIVES OF URBANISM
Jeffrey Inaba
412 AVERY
F 11 AM-1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
16446
A4141‑1 Spring 2014
BEYOND PROTOTYPE
200 BUELL N
TH 7 PM- 9 PM
SES B
1.5 Points
91446
A4524‑1 Spring 2014
THE TOPOLOGICAL STUDY OF FORM
504 AVERY
TH 6 PM- 8 PM
SES A
1.5 Points
77449
A4525‑1 Spring 2014
SIMULATION AS THE ORIGIN OF TANGIBLE FORM
504 AVERY
TH 6 PM- 8 PM
SES B
1.5 Points
97353
A4718‑1 Spring 2014
CINEMATIC COMMUNICATION
114 AVERY
TH 8 PM - 10 PM
SES A
1.5 Points
11646
A4753‑1 Spring 2014
SPECIAL TOPICS IN FABRICATION: DESIGN MACHINE
200 BUELL N
TU 7 PM- 9 PM
SES A
1.5 Points
22200
A4831‑1 Spring 2014
DRWG AFTER THE COMPUTER
Babak Bryan
323 FAYERWEATHER
TH 11 AM -1 PM
SES A
1.5 Points
82192
A6822‑1 Spring 2014
BEHIND THE NYLON CURTAIN, COLD WAR ARCHITECTURE
300 BUELL N
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
27098
Pla6460‑1 Spring 2014
URBAN REDEVELOPMENT POLICY
Robert Beauregard
115 AVERY
M 11 AM-1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
75513
Pla6558‑1 Spring 2014
ETHNIC ENCLAVES
Douglas Woodward
300 BUELL S
W 9 AM -11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
96897
Pla4214‑1 Spring 2014
TRANSPORTATION AND LAND USE PLANNING
David King
300 BUELL N
TU 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
23328
Pla6109‑1 Spring 2014
PLANNING FOR RETAIL
504 AVERY
TU 5 PM - 7 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
13596
Pla6546‑1 Spring 2014
LAND AND HOUSING POLICY IN EAST ASIA
200 BUELL N
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
61948
Pla6551‑1 Spring 2014
TRANSBORDERING PLANNING: LIMINAL PLACES, POWERS AND CULTURES
200 BUELL N
M 9 AM -11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
78147
Pla6564‑1 Spring 2014
INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION, LOCAL IMPLEMENTATION
200 BUELL N
TU 3 PM - 5 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
88030
Pla6238‑1 Spring 2014
NEW DIRECTIONS FOR DEVELOPMENT: RETHINKING WORKPLACES, BUILDINGS, AND THE CITY
200 SOUTH FAYERWEATHER
M 6 PM-8 PM
SES A 1/20-3/6
1.5 Points
10784
Pla6327‑1 Spring 2014
ADV TOPICS IN CONSTRUCT MANAG + TECH
200 SOUTH FAYERWEATHER
M 6 PM-8 PM
SES B 3/9-4/24
1.5 Points
83447
Pla6345‑1 Spring 2014
PROPERTY IN COMMON: CO-DISPLINARY NEXUS BETWEEN ARCHITECTURE AND REAL PROPERTY
Catherine Ingraham
600 AVERY
M 11AM- 1PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
26998
Pla6770‑1 Spring 2014
NY / BARCELONA: COMPARATIVE MODELS FOR AFFORDABLE URBANISM? JOINT STUDIO IN ARCHITECTURE + URBAN DEVELOPMENT
Vishaan Chakrabarti
200 SOUTH FAYERWEATHER
W 2 PM - 6 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
26050
pla4209‑3 Fall 2017
Planning Methods Lab 3
Methods, Cap 18
UP Computer Lab
TH 4 PM - 6 PM
Full Semester
16696
pla4209‑2 Fall 2017
Planning Methods Lab 2
Methods, Cap 18
UP Computer Lab
M 4PM- 6PM
Full Semester
14280
pla4209‑1 Fall 2017
Planning Methods Lab 1
Methods, Cap 18
UP Computer Lab
M 2PM- 4PM
Full Semester
80529
Pla6558 Spring 2015
ETHNIC ENCLAVES
Douglas Woodward
/ Max
96897
A6805‑1 Fall 2016
MAPPING FOR ARCHITECTURE URBANISM AND HUMANITIES
Juan Saldarriaga ALL GSAPP_ INTERDISCP, GSAS (MARCH- Visual Studies )
412 AVERY HALL
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMSTER
3 Points
27247
P4050‑1 Fall 2016
HP/ UP ELECTIVE INTERNSHIP
ELECTIVE- OPEN TO HP II & UPII - with approval only-via application
FULL SEMESTER
1.5 Points
11279
PLA6617‑1 Spring 2017
Design and Planning for Risk, Crisis and Disaster
Thaddeus Pawlowski Built Env
504 Avery Hall
TH 7 PM - 9 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
72096
A4718‑1 Spring 2015
CINEMATIC COMMUNICATION
655 SCHERM
W 1:30 PM- 4 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
11646
A4945‑1 Fall 2017
Play
Farzin Lotfi-Jam Visual Studies
200 Buell
TU 5 PM - 7 PM
Full Semester
3 Points
12746
A4080‑1 Fall 2017
HP Elective Internship
Melissa Parsowith With Approval Only - By Application; Elective - Open to HP & UP 2nd Years
Full Semester
1.5 Points
28096
A4833‑1 Spring 2014
MODELING AFTER THE COMPUTER
Babak Bryan
323 FAYERWEATHER
TH 11 AM - 1PM
SES B
1.5 Points
21296
A6705‑1 Spring 2016
ARCHITECTURE & DEVELOPMENT OF NYC
Andrew Dolkart All GSAPP_ interdiscp
412 AVERY
F 9 AM - 11 AM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
16196
A6716‑1 Spring 2016
ADOLF LOOS, OUR CONTEMPORARY
Yehuda Safran HISTORY /THEORY - MODERN
200 BUELL
M 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
81247
A6812‑1 Spring 2016
Urban Ecology & Design
Gena Wirth, Matt Palmer ALL GSAPP_ INTERDISCP, UD SEMINAR, & EARTH INSTUTITE,
115 AVERY HALL
F 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
22947
A4683‑1 Spring 2016
PERFORMATIVE SURFACES IN ARCHITECTURE
Craig Schwitter TECH ELECTIVE
300 BUELL S
W 11AM-1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
68466
A4826‑1 Fall 2015
CODING INTEGRATION
505 AVERY
TU 7 PM - 9 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
62747
A4524‑1 Spring 2015
THE TOPOLOGICAL STUDY OF FORM
200 BUELL
TH 11 AM - 1 PM
FULL SEMESTER
3 Points
77449