UD STUDIO III

2012 – Comparative Informalities

COMPARATIVE INFORMALITIES

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Columbia University

Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
A6851 Urban Design Studio III
Critics: Richard Plunz (coordinator), Victor Body-Lawson, Michael Conard,
Petra Kempf, Geeta Mehta, Kate Orff, Gabriela Callejas (teaching associate)

COMPARATIVE INFORMALITIES. Brazil & Ghana. Sao Paulo, Rio, and Kumasi.

The subject of this studio is a comparative urban dialogue between Sao Paulo, Rio, and Kumasi.  It will contrast the contexts of two rapidly developing urban agglometations within the differing geopgraphic and cultural contexts of Latin America, and Africa.  All three cities are the principle growth engines within their regional contexts but with differing scale of activity and diverse economic and ecological constraints.  All of them are entering a phase of redevelopment related in part to re-invention of older “informal sector” areas.  These sites entail transportation infrastructure that bounds a comprehensive array of diverse urban functions, whose integration will be crucial to redevelopment planning.  For all cities, study for each site will focus on cafefully chosen particular fragments within the overall.  The ultimate goal of the studio is the development of strategies for each site that can direct anticipated growth and change.