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Global warming and sea level rise, mass extinctions, ocean acidification, permafrost thawing and severe storms of increasing frequency are ever-clearer signs that people are changing planetary processes on a global scale. How do we navigate a future that doesn’t clearly extend from our past and face a time of increasingly erratic change? What and how can design contribute? Led by Professor Jamie Vanucchi.
Coney Island was once an actual island, separated from south Brooklyn by a collection of wetlands, tidal marshlands, bays, inlets, and creeks. Today Coney Island is a different place - one defined by its extreme vulnerabilities as a coastal community and the transformations that will soon result from a rapidly changing climate. This Fall of 2017 studio explores near-term and long-term scenarios for Coney Island. Led by Professor Peter Trowbridge and visiting critic Mitch Glass.
How can dredge material be re-purposed as a resource for creating public landscapes, living shorelines, and urban development in Baltimore Harbor to improve ecosystem resilience, public health, and economic stability? This studio builds on work by the Maryland Port Administration and the Mahan Rykiel internship program to establish priority sites and explore prototypes for innovative dredge material reuse. Led by Professor Brian Davis.
The Climate-Adaptive Design studio combines the fundamentals of urban design with climate response, urban ecological design, and stakeholder capacity building to envision a waterfront open space for a city and its community. These three dimensions in sustainable practice present opportunity to require new perspective on urban form and infrastructure types within a social-ecological systems context.
Key questions that students are asked to address with each design are: why and how do you choose one design intervention over another; how do you evaluate your design ideas to determine which is the strongest; what is the function of each space within your design; what are your connections internally within the site and externally; how does form influence your design intent; how has your design improved the existing site? Led by Professor Valerie Aymer.
This studio's task is to cultivate earthly cultures and boost urban carbon sequestration: with aesthetic, technical, and social approaches, and with strategies that operate simultaneously at immediate and planetary scales. Specifically, students conducted soil-based material research; develop a carbon sequestration plan for Ithaca, NY; and designed sites that engage local communities to promote new ways of experiencing connections between soil, carbon, and climate. Led by visiting lecturer Margo Lystra.