Architecture

The project combines mapping techniques with Twitter-usage data to gain a real-time understanding of how people occupy public space.
GAR Logo outline of an hawk

Columbia University has received a $1 million grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to create web-based, interactive maps of Manhattan and Brooklyn during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The four winners of the MacArthur Genius Grant 2017.
Urban Design Program Director Kate Orff and Architecture Adjunct Damon Rich won 2017 MacArthur Foundation "genius" grants. Musician Tyshawn Sorey and Computer Scientist Regina Barzilay, 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.

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