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GSAPP Masters of Architecture and Urban Design 2020 Portfolio

ReciproCITY Spring 2020 | GSAPP MSAUD In Collaboration: Anai Perez, Moneerah AlAjaji, Nikita K.

Water Urbanism studio analyzing the city of Addis Ababa Ethiopia. The relationship between the city and its rivers is rapidly developing a large scale beautification project that would disrupt existing ecosystems and cause mass displacement. As a studio we focused on contrasting the Beautifying Shegar project through a series of design transects across the city, utilizing the concepts of stewardship and cooperatives as an alternative to their proposed plans. This project is located in Peacock Park, a large scale urban agriculture co- op that has been on this site for over 50 years. The citys current plans would dismantle this productive landscape and community in favor of making leisure landscape parks. This project aims to show that through a smaller more localized system, Addis has the potential to achieve its goal of becoming a “world class city� and structures like this cooperative are a legacy worth preserving. By using cooperatives as a unit of change, a variety of co beneficial relationships can be formed between the government, the residents, the land, and its rivers, overall engaging a symbiotic relationship of reciprocity.

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Design Strategy: Opening Thresholds to the Community

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Design Intervention: Ecological Services

Design Intervention: Social Services

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Design Intervention : Income Generation

Design Intervention : Funding Opportunities

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Existing Site : Hard Boundaries

Phase 1 : Softening Boundaries

Phase 2 : Gradient Productive Canopy

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Design Intervention : Working Landscapes as Public Spaces

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Growing Habitation : Expansion and Actors

Growing Habitation :Cooperative Housing Parti 09 | ReciproCITY

Growing Habitation : A Vision for Housing Development ReciproCITY | 10

Social Carbon FALL 2019 | GSAPP MSAUD In Collaboration: Candelaria Mas Pohmajevic, You-Chiao Wu, Minjung Lee

Urban Design studio focused on applying the Green New Deal in the Hudson Valley Region. This project drew on the ecological strength of the region for carbon sequestration and recognized the political boundaries that hindered the region from current success. By combining the ecological strengths with the social issues, and visualizing the region in transect to emphasize these relationships, Social Carbon imagines a new method in which collaboration can occur across boundaries. In addressing the Green New Deal this project recognized that there is not a lack of innovative solutions to the climate crisis, but the challenge lies is understanding how these solutions hit the ground. Social Carbon proposes design solutions, but also a framework for a Carbon District Initiative - a hybrid top down and bottom up approach working towards net zero districts. A funding strategy that generates community specific projects that addresses carbon on a larger scale. A program that scales to fit the needs of many different places in the Hudson Valley and beyond, crossing the boundaries, and generating partnership as needed.

Kingston Transect Carbon Balance








Biodiversity Connection

Communities Cultural Heritage

Recreation Transect Analysis

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Design Intervention - Low Carbon Regeneration Neighborhoods

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Design Intervention : Transportation Hub

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Framework Sunset Park SUMMER 2019 | GSAPP MSAUD In Collaboration: Antonia Medina, You-Chiao Wu

Introductory Urban Design studio using New York City as a laboratory. Three ambitions guide the studio research: Nurturing a design process specific to existing urban environments, Critically considering site and program, and the integration of the role of Urban Design as a service to the public as a client. The resurgence of the industrial waterfront in Sunset Park created a disconnect across the neighborhood. “Framework� offers new tactics to make Sunset Park residents a vital part of the growing development. Using streetscape intervention and underused educational and community space, Framework offers programs that give residents new tools and skills to thrive in these growing industries. Giving the community new and changing open spaces in the neighborhood and minimizing barriers to educational programs. The overall goal is to create a woven network of public spaces across the neighborhood, drawing residents closer to their waterfront.

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Partnership & Education

Sponsored by local partners and industries

Streetscape Intervention Hard framework for engagement

Rent to Household Income Ratio 0



Future flexible activities

Live Below Poverty Line Brooklyn 19.8%


Rents Increase


Rent Price Income


Have less than a High School Degree.

NYC 18%

Intervention Analysis, Understanding Place 21 | Framework

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Design Intervention : Waterfront

Design Intervention: Streetscape Engagement 23 | Framework

Design Intervention : Connection to the Waterfront Framework | 24

Sites of Intervention

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High Carbon Vulnerability in NYS FALL 2019 |GSAPP MSAUD | Geographic Information Systems In Collaboration: Antonia Medina, Claudia Kleffman

This research was the final project for the Geographic Information Systems class, and is part of a publication using GIS tools to run a full analysis of our choosing. The scope of this analysis focuses on high carbon job vulnerability across New York State. New York State was chosen as the area of study due to the passing of the Climate Leadership and Protection Act. At this time this is the “most comprehensive and aggressive climate change legislation in the nation. Responding to this legislation alls for drastic changes in “High Carbon Industries.” Using carbon emission and industry data, we established indicators to determine where Carbon Vulnerable counties might exist. Combined with other social indicators, we then created a criterion determining the most vulnerable communities due to a loss in High Carbon Jobs in New York State.







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Final Report Excerpts

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Mary Allen '20 MSAUD Columbia GSAPP  

Mary Allen '20 MSAUD Columbia GSAPP