This advanced course engages students in the research and design processes most often found in architecture and urban design studio classes. Because this is an advanced course, previous design experience is recommended. The LAB looks broadly at contemporary urban challenges, including resource management, human and non-human habitation, as well as political and social pressures on the environment. As a project-based course, students work individually and in teams, combining original research to create relevant and compelling design proposals.
Introductory design exercises prepare students for an intense focus on a pressing urban problem, resulting in a final project that will be presented to the public as part of NYCxDESIGN week. Students will develop
their ideas through the use of diagrams, scale models, video, animations, and other forms of imaging. Research skills and visual literacy will be prioritized. Authors may include Stephen Johnson, William McDonough, Geoff
Manaugh, Ricky Burdett, David Harvey, Tyler Volk and others. Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop is expected. Previous experience with Rhino or Sketchup is highly recommended.