Urban Planning & Design

Planning Futures?

This one-day conference organized by Assistant Professor Hiba Bou Akar, brought leading planning and urban scholars who are re-thinking the field of urban planning...

Narrative Change for the Green New Deal

From the graphics of advocacy campaigns to the use of speculative fiction and data visualization in both environmental activism and design practice, multimedia storytelling...

Urban-Tech Startups: The Role of Private Sector Innovation in Shaping Our Cities

Who should have power to shape the city? How can the private and public sectors complement each other? And how might they be in...

Towards a New Architecture: Climate Change and Design

The climate emergency demands that the ways we build, and think about building, change radically. But how? We are in a rapidly evolving, paradoxical...

Aging in [a] Place: Planning, Design & Spatial Justice in Aging Societies

The United States is an aging society with growing economic inequality and socio-cultural diversity. Age-associated disadvantages, such as declining health, overlap with unequal access...

The Digital Urbanisms Conference

The development of urban digital technologies and the deployment of digital information have evolved into a mutually reinforcing feedback loop between distributed sites of...

Nature Based Metropolitan Solutions

How can ecosystems contribute to quality of life and a more livable, healthier and more resilient urban environment? Have you ever considered all the different...

Sustainable Urban Development

Did you know that cities take up less than 3% of the earth’s land surface, but more than 50% of the world’s population live...

AKPIA Symposium “Reconstruction as Violence: The Case of Aleppo”

A two-day symposium organized by Nasser Rabbat, Aga Khan Professor, and Deen Sharp, [email protected] Post-Doctoral Fellow. Sponsored by the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture...

Democracy in Retreat? Master Planning in a Warming World

The climate crisis is changing the world. Some people are moving in the face of rising seas and extreme weather, and others are redesigning...

Urban Design for the Public Good: Dutch Urbanism

Are you an urban planner, designer, policy maker or involved or interested in the creation of good living environments? This course will broaden your scope...

Connection and its costs: Ground transportation and climate change

A one-day conference exploring the future of land-based transportation. The urgency of radical action to mitigate the causes of climate change is more apparent every...

What Can You Do With The “Smart” City?

Definitions of the smart city tend to share an interest in transforming urban life through networked electronics and data collection at all scales: from...

Urban Playspaces Conference: Can play be without risk?

Urban Playspaces Conference,organized as a part of Istanbul95 program, focuses on children’s urban experiences and play opportunities and will bring together speakers from the...

Connection and its costs: Sea shipping and climate change

Although generally hidden from consumers, international maritime transport is the backbone of the globalized economy—and accounts for approximately 2.2% of the world’s CO2 emissions....

Connection and its costs: Aviation and climate change

The development of air travel has been a primary contributor to globalization by collapsing distance and time. Since the mid-twentieth century, demand has consistently...

CHC symposium focused on African-American heritage

Preservation of Texas’ historic African-American communities, repositories of black heritage and culture that are increasingly imperiled by natural and economic threats, was the focus...

Ways of Knowing Cities

Technology increasingly mediates the way that knowledge, power, and culture interact to create and transform the cities we live in. Ways of Knowing Cities is a...

Rethink the City: New Approaches to Global and Local Urban Challenges

You’ll learn about today’s urban challenges focusing on developing countries, referred to as the global south. We will debate the benefits of three pathways,...

After Dark: Nocturnal Landscapes and Public Spaces in the Arabian Peninsula

In the Arabian Peninsula, public spaces are often most used after darkness falls, and the temperature along with it. This symposium explores typologies of...

Past is Prologue: Planning’s Critical Approach to 100 Years of Zoning

2016 marks the centennial of New York City’s 1916 Zoning Ordinance, the first comprehensive zoning law adopted in the United States. Over the last...

Redefining Urban Design: Barcelona as Case Study

The theme of this conference is the extent to which new, emerging issues are changing the principles of urban design and its practice at...

Public-Private Partnerships in NYC

A real estate symposium on public-private partnerships featuring conversations about the design and development of the High Line and the Downtown Brooklyn Cultural District...

Albania: Architecture: Public Health & Urban Renaissance

The Republic of Albania is a small, beautiful country in south-eastern Europe, with a population of about 3 million people. Its capital city Tirana...

Other Desires: The African City

Other Desires: The African City examines the ways in which rapid urbanization on the African continent in the twenty-first century has given rise to...

Resilience by Design

Join Resilience by Design University (RBD U) at a two-day symposium and workshop to learn the fundamentals of resilience from experts in the field....

Contemporary Urban Design Education

The symposium brings together urban educators to discuss how new practices and research have changed urban design conventions and disciplinary assumptions. This is a...

Informing Justice: A Conversation about the Role of Design in Building Equitable Communities

In the wake of events in Ferguson, Staten Island, and around the country, three organizations at the Harvard Graduate School of Design will come together to...

The Five Thousand Pound Life: Water

In nearly all American cities, clean drinking water is available with the turn of the tap. Behind the spigot, however, is an energy-intensive system...

Architecture and Representation: the Arab City

Moving beyond reductive notions of identity, myths of authenticity, fetishized traditionalism, or the constructed opposition of tradition and modernity, The Arab City: Architectural and Representation...

JCHS Symposium: AGING + PLACE

With the wave of baby boomers reaching retirement age, America’s older population is in the midst of unprecedented growth. Ensuring that older adults have...

Sundial: Radical Imaginaries in an Afro-Future City

If the city in the 19th and 20th centuries was a nexus of transformation, a fulcrum of modernity, within the African diaspora, what does...

The Five Thousand Pound Life: Land

The Five Thousand Pound Life: Land was a symposium on the need to consider settlement patterns and competing land uses in new ways given...

The Five Thousand Pound Life: The Energy Issue

The Five Thousand Pound Life: The Energy Issue was a symposium on energy and architecture organized by The Architectural League and the Columbia University...

Durst Conference: From Port to People: Reinventing Urban Waterfronts

For centuries, ports and harbors have played a seminal role in the development of commerce and cities. They evolved as a means of defense...

Conversations Around Public Health, Architecture, and Cities

Co-sponsored by the Department of Epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, the...

JCHS: “Opening the Gates of Opportunity: Realizing the Potential of Gateway Cities”

Gateway Cities are midsize urban centers in Massachusetts facing stubborn social and economic challenges, but with many assets that have unrealized potential. Our half-day...

Mobilities in Cities: From Visible to Invisible

The fifth annual conference on cities and modern urban realities will bring together scholars from architecture, civil engineering, sociology, and other disciplines, with practitioners...

DDes Conference:Projective Views on Urban Metabolism

In the last two decades, the concept of urban metabolism, aiming to grasp the continuous processes of energy, material and population exchange within and...

Airport Landscape: Urban Ecologies in the Aerial Age

Airport Landscape claims the airport as a site of and for landscape. Airports have never been more central to the life of cities, yet...

JCHS Symposium: What Works in Community Investing: A Community Development Summit

One in six Americans now lives in poverty — the highest level in half a century. Poverty has spread beyond cities to suburbs and...

Theory of City Form

Course Description This course covers theories about the form that settlements should take and attempts a distinction between descriptive and normative theory by examining examples...

Mind the Gap: Transit Lessons from New York and London

A symposium on transportation and development in London and New York organized by Kate Ascher, Columbia University GSAPP, with support from the Durst Family...

Cambridge Talks VII: Architecture and the Street

No building is an island – and in the context of the city, architecture takes shape in relation to the street. Arcadesand façade treatments, lighting fixtures and...

Assess: Chile at Columbia

Leading architects and planners discuss recent urban projects, public space, and architecture in Chile, including redevelopment interventions after the 2010 earthquake that destroyed urban...

Sustainable Exumas 2

Creating a Culture of Land Planning in The Bahamas / In 2010, the Bahamas Government sought to advance land use planning in the nation....

Move: Theatrum Mundi / Global Street

The overall theme turns on the difference between absence and presence in the city. This difference lies both physically—who is actually on the street?;...

Colombia at Columbia: What is Social Urbanism?

Colombia at Columbia: Innovations in Architecture and Urbanism seeks to critically explore Colombian urban-design transformations of the past 20 years as potential models of...

Informal City: Design as Political Engagement Symposium

The AA has been very central to the evolution of ideas about the informal city and the formulation of strategies to deal with it. The AA Research Cluster...

Urban Design Conference: Conditions and Projections

The contemporary conditions that are shaping the built environment globally are of an unprecedented scale and complexity creating the need for a critical evaluation...

How has the last quarter of a century changed the world of real estate?

Reflections on 25 Years in Real Estate: Density, Sustainability, and Global Finance A symposium organized by Kate Ascher, Milstein Professor of Urban Development, Columbia...

Ecogram IV, China: What is the Architecture of Mega-Migration?

Ecogram IV: China is curated by Ioanna Theocharopoulou, Parsons The New School for Design and Jeffrey Johnson, GSAPP, in collaboration with Saskia Sassen, Committee...

What is a BitCity? Transportation, Data, and Technology in Cities

BitCity 2011: Transportation, Data, and Technology in Cities The Sigurd Grava Symposium on Infrastructure Opening Remarks Elliot Sclar, Columbia University GSAPP and SIPA "Start-Up" Transportation Planning:...

Sustainable Exumas

Creating a Culture of Land Planning in The Bahamas / In 2010, the Bahamas Government sought to advance land use planning in the nation....

The City: Language, Planning and Politics

The Architectural Association is pleased to host the 8th AHRA Research Student Symposium. The one–day event will provide a platform for PhD candidates to...

In the Life of Cities: Parallel Narratives of the Urban

This colloquium addresses the complex relations between urban artifacts and urban life. Architects, planners, and urban designers describe and give shape to the city,...

Territories of Urbanism

A panel of landscape architects, urban designers, and other designers discussed the challenges they feel are present within the contemporary evolution of urban design...

SCIFI Symposium

A New Infrastructure: Competition announcement The coordinators of SCI-Arc's Future Initiatives program outline the aspects, rules, and awards of the A New Infrastructure competition which...

Liverpool Reconsidered: Urban Regeneration and Cultural Turn

After years of decline Liverpool has undergone an astonishing revival, culminating in its designation during 2008 as ‘European Capital Of Culture’, and the recent...

SCIFI Symposium: The city after the economy

The symposium consists of specialized presentations by the each panelist describing current conditions. David Bergman reviews the history of the 2008 economic crisis, the...

Cities From Zero

It could be argued that at the turn of the twenty-first century economic and political attention has shifted away from the West to the...

Russia After Socialist Planning

An architect, writer, editor, former chair of DOCOMOMO UK, and eminent Russian scholar, Cooke is a Lecturer in Design at the Open University. A...

The Intimate Metropolis Conference

The Intimate Metropolis: Domesticating the City, Infiltrating the RoomThe distinction between ‘public’ and ‘private’ is entrenched in our value judgements, our systems of legislation,...

Make It New Downtown Symposium

Eric Owen Moss introduces panelists Tom Gilmore, Con Howe, Jonathan Kelves, Jan Perry, and Dan Rosenfeld as people who will shape the future of...

Beyond Sprawl Symposium

The video begins with the conclusion of a presentation on the obstacles to low-density housing in Los Angeles by Angela Brooks-Scarpa. Gary Paige introduces a...

Globalization and World Cities: Reflections from São Paulo

A symposium co-organized by the Housing and Urbanism programme of the AA Graduate School and the Centre for Brazilian Studies of the University of Oxford. As one of...

Burghers in Suburbia: Holland 1998-2010

The Dutch government plans to build one million houses by the year 2010. What makes the Dutch situation unique is the employment – and the influence...

Recovery of the Landscape

Speakers: Part 1: Michael Ellison – Introduction. Marc Treib – Nature Recalled. Jeff Kipnis – Revisiting the Building Landscape Threshold. Q & A session with speakers chaired...

Architecture and Complexity

From ‘Architecture and Complexity’ conference. During the late 1960s and early 1970s a call for greater complexity in architecture and urban design arose. Simultaneously,...

London to Berlin

A one-day interchange of ideas on urban design in London and Berlin by the Urban Design Group. Part 1: Hans Stimmann, Director of Berlin’s Senate Department for...

Cities and the Future: The British and Australian Debate

Can our cities of the past be adapted to the needs of the future? This is the theme of a two-day conference co-hosted by...

Symposium On The City

A memorial event to the late Alvin Boyarsky, Chairman of the AA from 1971 to 1990. The city was one of Boyarsky’s greatest enthusiasms, infusing his...

Reyner Banham – Megastructures

‘I’ve been labouring for some years on a book about megastructures. There comes a time when you’re writing a book when you need to...