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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

UDL at Esri User Conference 2017

by |July 11th, 2017

For Immediate Release NEW YORK, New York (July 11, 2017) — The Urban Design Lab (UDL), a research unit in the Earth Institute at Columbia University, is pleased to be represented at this year’s Esri User Conference, which kicked off yesterday in San Diego, California. Senior Research Assistant Harsha Devulapalli is presenting UDL’s work on… read more

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Spring 2017 @ UDL

by |May 27th, 2017

The Urban Design Lab research on cognitive mapping and urban social media was on display in a poster session at the annual Columbia Data Science Day on April 5th, 2017. The work correlates new mapping techniques for health and well-being with normative GIS-based data. This research is made in collaboration with the Columbia Institute for… read more

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Winter 2017 @ UDL: Event Highlights

by |March 23rd, 2017

Richard Plunz spoke: on December 13th at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, on “The Urban Project,” together with the celebration of the work of Marcel Smets, former Flemish State Architect and Professor Emeritus of Urban Design at the Katholike Universiteit Leuven; and at the University of Ghent about new… read more

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Fall 2016 @ UDL

by |December 1st, 2016

2016 was an important year for the Urban Design Lab. Plunz spoke publicly at many events on new research directions in “Next Generation Public Space/Social Media Interfaces,” highlighting Urban Design Lab work on green infrastructure innovation in New York City, such as the 13th Annual Architecture Week of the Colegio Oficial de Arquitectos in Madrid in October…. read more

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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