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
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… read more
The Urban Design Lab (UDL) mapped and analyzed land-use and agricultural parcel distribution in the Hudson Valley Region for a report released in Februrary 2011 by the Glynwood Center, a longtime partner of the UDL. This work is part of the Lab’s focus on agriculture and food systems in the New York City region and… read more
January 2011 was a month of intense traveling for the Urban Design Lab (UDL) with Director Richard Plunz and Assistant Director Michael Conard giving a series of high profile presentations on their work in China. In Beijing, they offered an exemplar of their activity to a venture capital group undertaking large urban projects and a second… read more
Through the award of an Ultra-X grant from the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, the Urban Design Lab (UDL) undertook a collaboration with Columbia University colleagues and many community partners on a project aimed at monitoring the neighborhood scale intersections between residents, the improved urban “green”, green roof performance, and… read more
From July 2009, the Urban Design Lab’s Michael Conard and Kubi Ackerman engaged in designing a community health awareness curriculum for the FitTown initiative of the HealthCorp. The curriculum calls for photo documentation and neighborhood mapping, to be distributed in more than 50 high schools across the country.
In October 2009, Richard Gonzalez of the Urban Design Lab participated in New York City’s Park(ing) Day, an event that involved participants in 100 cities around the world, with an installation in Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan. Gonzalez teamed up with fruit and vegetable vendors to create mini urban farm installations along metered parking spaces,… read more
Across the United States, several urban and suburban areas show high carbon emissions attributed to transportation and residential uses. While New York City’s density and transit system keep per capita emissions at low levels, carbon emissions sources remain a topic of concern. The 145th Street corridor in Harlem is no exemption: a surface temperature map… read more