School of Architecture, Graduate Architecture and Urban Design

Faculty: Jeffrey Anderson(APP Author), David Erdman, Hart Marlow, Benjamin Aranda, Joaquin Bonifaz, Michael Bell, Alexandra Barker, Gisela Baurmann, Kutan Ayata, Erich Schoenenberger, Jonas Coersmeier, Ariane Lourie Harrison
Student: Mor Segal, Wenze Chen, Joseph Colin DaPonte, Alexis Dorko, Jennifer Levy, Mathew Mitchell, Brett Rappaport, Khue Trinh + Alyson Stein, Zhixian Song + Jiaming Zhang, Samantha Lee Chan + Jonathan Hamilton, Brandon Sanchez + Jose Castaneda + Hsien Ting Huang, Benjamin Smithers, Krati Maurya, Aishwarya Hoizal, Qin Zhang + Ming Chen Lin, Victoria Tsukerman + Valeria Cedillos, Ana Lucia + Scott Duillet, Qin Zhang + Ming Chen Lin

The work collected in the GAUD’s contribution to the Green Week Exhibition showcases recent student projects across our three programs. Each project is formulated within the department’s Directed Research (DR) Initiative which was launched Fall 2017, situating student work within the framework of challenging contemporary real-world current and future problems.

The selections of work in this exhibition showcase one strain of DR focused on “New Architectural Contexts.” Through course work and with students, faculty have been exploring the potentials of urban densification. Building upon the geopolitics of sustainability and the consortium of over one-hundred major cities bound together by overlapping interests in densification (via the Paris Accord and other agreements), these studios look at how we can inhabit extreme density and how it can have an equitable and inclusive public agenda.

In these projects, students are speculating on a range of design issues that generally engage the edges or interior of existing urban areas. A collection of the projects work on post-industrial harbor fronts in Brooklyn where the conservation and/or re-use of existing infrastructure and buildings afford new opportunities for densification and accessibility which reformat public, private, residential, and industrial into unique three-dimensional configurations. A second area of research collects projects focused on augmenting density through “composite” industrial, infrastructural, agricultural, residential, cosmopolitan, and recreational uses. These projects include investigations into the urbanization of waste to energy incinerators and its impact on land use and waste management ecologies; to designing subterranean pleasure grounds that imbue urban infrastructure with the capacity to be used as a form of wilderness and recreation; to compact affordable housing along various corridors and edges of downtown Brooklyn.

Together these projects showcase a variety of ways in which the issue of density is mobilized and leveraged in cities; both nearby and far away. The projects not only harness resources and minimize impacts, but also (and perhaps most importantly) they each foster a socio-political “civitas” necessary and vital to sustaining our inhabitation in environments of extreme density.

This work is also featured in an Augmented Reality iOS application available for free on the Apple App Store. This allows users to view the GAUD’s exhibitions boards for Green Week on display in the Higgins Hall Lobby and Pit.