Sarah Dunn

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Wood Auditorium

Visiting Professor Sarah Dunn presents the work of UrbanLab, the Chicago-based firm she founded with Martin Felsen that “strives to respond to the complexity, growth and unintended consequences of the modern city by developing a catalogue of architectural, infrastructural and urban design strategies, often by hybridizing architecture, landscape and infrastructure, and always designing with an intention to leverage projects with cultural qualities.”

UrbanLab projects include the mixed-use, 3000-square foot Morgan Street live/work project in Chicago, for which demolition debris was recycled and moded into a landscaped hill that provides habitat for birds and animals; a midwestern lakeside “escape pod” from city life; and a 10,000-square foot, new-construction building that uses prefabricated concrete wall panels to provide structure, insulation, and final finishes for a vegan cafe, a seitan-processing operation, offices, yoga studio, apartment, and roof deck.

Response by Nahyun Hwang and Galia Solomonoff, Columbia GSAPP


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