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Celebrating UDL@10

by | December 18, 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 […]

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

by | April 14, 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 […]

UDL Concludes New Rochelle Study

by | May 30, 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 […]

GSAPP Graduate Students Present Final New Rochelle Proposals

by | December 4, 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 […]

UDL Wins Coastal SEES Grant

by | November 27, 2013

In September 2013, the National Science Foundation announced that the Urban Design Lab (UDL) had been awarded a five year, $2.5 million Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability (SEES) grant to study how New York City urban green infrastructure can mitigate coastal zone pollution. UDL Co-Director Patricia Culligan leads a team integrating urban planning and […]

Vertical Greening Systems and Sustainable Design

by | November 4, 2013

In November 2013, Katia Perini lectured at Lehigh University on vertical greening systems and the sustainable design practice for urban areas and also presented at the Earth Institute’s Junior Researchers Forum that month on the integration of vegetation. Her second book, Progettare il verde in citta’: strategie per un’Architettura sostenibile, was published that year by Franco […]

Gowanus Canal Study

by | November 1, 2013

The Urban Design Lab (UDL) was asked in November 2013 to participate in a Tuition Aid Grant as Technical Advisor for the Gowanus Canal Superfund Site in Brooklyn, continuing a research commitment to the revitalization of the area that started in 2006 with a broad study of the area and the analysis of pollution, remediation possibilities, and […]

Haiti Housing Collaborative Design

by | January 12, 2011

January 12, 2011, marked the first anniversary of the Haiti earthquake that claimed some 250,000 victims and stunned the world. With the goal of helping the rebuilding effort, Richard Gonzalez participated as a juror in an international housing competition organized by the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY) Global Dialogues Committee’s Haitian Housing […]