Architecture & Urban Design

Director Richard Plunz on WNYC

by |October 5th, 2017

On October 2, 2017, UDL Director Richard Plunz was ‘on the air’ with Brian Lehrer and David Favaloro of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum to kick off the Brian Lehrer Show’s new series, ‘A People’s Guide to Power: Real Estate Edition’. In the segment, Plunz, Favaloro, and Lehrer discuss the time in the early… read more

City Riffs: Urbanism, Ecology, Place

by |September 8th, 2017

Urban Design Lab Director Richard Plunz will introduce his new book City Riffs: Urbanism, Ecology, Place in New York on September 21, 2017 at the Italian Academy of Columbia University, located at 1161 Amsterdam Avenue, at 6:00 PM City Riffs traces the changing perspectives on urban design within an ever-changing global context, and considers trans-disciplinary… read more

A History of Housing in New York City: Revised Edition

by |November 30th, 2016

In November 2016 Richard Plunz published the revised edition of his book, A History of Housing in New York City (A History of Housing in New York City, Columbia University Press, revised edition, 2016). The book traces New York’s housing development history from 1850 to the present through text and over 300 illustrations. Plunz examines the housing of all classes, the… read more

Celebrating UDL@10

by |December 18th, 2015

On December 8th the Urban Design Lab celebrated 10 years of research pushing the frontiers of urban innovation and interdisciplinary boundaries. There was acknowledgment of meaningful partnerships all over the world, and optimism about further collaborations. In a festive and warm atmosphere colleagues and partners from various professional backgrounds came together at Steelcase on Columbus… read more

The Urban Design Lab Creates a Pilot Planning Process for the Urban Poor in the Millennium City of Kisumu, Kenya

by |April 14th, 2015

The Urban Design Lab (UDL) at Columbia University’s Earth Institute is pleased to announce the release of “Spatial Strategies for Manyatta: Designing for Growth”, a collaboration between UDL, the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), and the Millennium Cities Initiative (MCI). This publication proposes innovative solutions to some of the most complex and pressing… read more

UDL Concludes New Rochelle Study

by |May 30th, 2014

The Urban Design Lab (UDL) announces its most recent publication, titled Alternative Futures for New Rochelle: The Next Generation Live/Work City. This comprehensive urban study was sponsored by the City of New Rochelle in order to help devise alternative spatial strategies for a series of development clusters located in its downtown. The project proposes to transform New Rochelle from a mainly commuter… read more

UDL, GSAPP, and MCI Visit Kisumu

by |January 12th, 2014

In January 2014, Columbia University’s Millennium Cities Initiative (MCI), Urban Design Lab (UDL), and Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) Urban Design Program hosted a team of 30 post-professional architects and landscape architects undertaking field studies in Kisumu, Kenya – Africa’s first Millennium City. These field studies heralded the start of a semester-long… read more

GSAPP Graduate Students Present Final New Rochelle Proposals

by |December 4th, 2013

In December, the ongoing Urban Design Lab (UDL) strategic development studies for the City of New Rochelle hosted the final design review of projects from the joint Urban Ecology Studio between Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Under the direction of UDL Director Richard… read more