Architecture, Landscape, and the City

This studio introduces themes in the physical design and planning of urban areas. Urbanism comprises of both the physical city—its architectures, landscapes, and infrastructures—and the social city, the realm of networks and relationships that support urban living. Thus we will set out by understanding urbanism as the resultant form that emerges from a necessarily dynamic relationship between people and places. By designing and planning for change in urban areas, this studio will also highlight how urban change is made—not only by architects, landscape architects, urban designers, and other built environment professionals, but also by market forces, political ambitions, and the grassroots struggles of ordinary citizens. Thus the design of urban spaces results from a mutual constitution that requires the expertise emanating from ordinary spatial practices as much as it requires the expertise emerging from rigorous research, thorough analysis, and iterative design. Through the mechanism of urban design then we will understand how the city comes to be this way and how to craft future urbanisms through the shaping of urban forms.

Design at the scale of urban districts and regional systems requires a unique palette of investigatory practices and techniques of representation for translating large-scale and often intangible influences into proposals for built forms that can encapsulate and productively negotiate these forces. A fundamental aim of this studio will be to develop a palette of research methods and techniques of representation capable of both testing your designs against various forces and systems while communicating your design intentions across dramatically varied scales.

Fall 2018: Northeastern University.