Architecture

The four winners of the MacArthur Genius Grant 2017.
Urban Design Program Director Kate Orff and Adjunct Damon Rich at our Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, each won a 2017 MacArthur Foundation "Genius" grant for their innovative work in urban design. Musician Tyshawn Sorey (GSAS’17) and Computer Scientist Regina Barzilay (ENG’03), both Columbia alumni, were also named MacArthur Fellows.
archival image from Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright and Taliesin Fellows, Broadacre City model, 1935; The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives. Image Courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library

This fall the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery brings together two very different mid-20th century visions for housing in the U.S. with its exhibition, Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem and Modern Housing.

Janet Parks sits at her desk with a shelf filled with books behind her. She has white short haircut with pink highlights.

Photo by Eileen Barroso

Janet Parks (GSAS’76), who has been at Columbia for 43 years, acquires collections, handles exhibitions and answers requests from researchers around the world.
An early drawing by Frank Lloyd Wright of the Guggenheim Museum in a pink color instead of white.

Image Courtesy of The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

To mark the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth this month, Columbia's Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library and the Museum of Modern Art, the joint stewards of Wright’s archives, are co-presenting an exhibit unpacking his 70-year legacy.
Majed Abdulsamad

Photo by Chris Chiou

When Majed Abdulsamad earns his degree this month from Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, he will fulfill a lifelong plan—although not in Syria, where he grew up.

In Columbia Magazine, architect Renzo Piano writes about the master plan for the Manhattanville campus, a 21st century vision that embraces the arts, interdisciplinary research and the community.

Oyster ecosystem

Associate Professor Kate Orff’s Oyster-tecture is a plan to bring oysters, which filter water and form reefs that can buffer against storm surges, back to New York Harbor. The project, expected to be completed by 2019, will create bays to host finfish, shellfish and lobsters while reducing erosion. It will also serve as an environmental education site. Courtesy of Kate Orff

As cities worldwide attempt to redefine the relationship between urban ecology and design in response to a changing climate, landscape architect Kate Orff is approaching her work as a synthesis of art, science, nature, climate and community.
Leone Batista Alberti
Among the 600,000 volumes in Avery, is Leon Batista Alberti’s "De re aedificatoria." Published in 1485, it is the oldest printed book on architecture in the West.
Iraq ancient design

Rashid Agha house, Erbil Citadel, late Ottoman period, 19th century. Photo courtesy of Zainab Bahrani

Zainab Bahrani, the Edith Porada Professor of Ancient Near Eastern Art and Archaeology in the Department of Art History and Archaeology, is leading a project that focuses on heritage destruction in the

Map of Aleppo

New data released by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research - Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNITAR-UNOSAT) shows a stark pattern of destruction when overlaid on the zones of territory control in Aleppo: damaged sites identified by UNOSAT lie primarily within or just outside the outlines of the besieged areas in eastern Aleppo, confirming that this portion of the city has been systematically bombed and shelled for the duration of the war. View full interactive map.

In nearly six years of civil war, the city of Aleppo, Syria’s one-time industrial hub, has become the center of a humanitarian catastrophe and the destruction of one of the oldest, culturally rich cities in the world.

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