Urban Design Studio Launches at AAP NYC
During the fall semester, AAP NYC played host to the launch of the newly established Barclay Jones Urban Design Studio. Funded with a gift by Barclay Jones III, the series of classes will introduce M.R.P. students to contemporary urban design practice. The inaugural studio was taught by visiting faculty Claire Weisz and Adam Lubinsky of WXY Architecture and Urban Design, a design and planning firm based in New York City, and focused on "social and environmental transformation of the public realm at multiple scales." The studio, called Splintering Urbanism: The East River and Hudson River Waterfronts, focused on two "mirrored" sites in Manhattan: the East River waterfront from the Brooklyn Bridge to 34th Street, and the Hudson River waterfront from Chambers Street to 34th Street. Students were challenged to account for the way that Hurricane Sandy's impact has prompted the need to examine the paradigms that underpinned the development and redevelopment of each of these two waterfronts over the last half century, and to explore ways to address the challenges of sustainability and resiliency.
The studio's final review was juried by Yeju Choi (NowHere Office); Michael Keane (NYU Wagner); Kaja Kuhl (Columbia University and youarethecity); Gilad Meron (Autodesk Impact Design Foundation); Adriel Mesznik (WXY); Chat Travieso (artist and architectural designer); and Donna Walcavage (Stantec).
Jones is the son of legendary planning professor Barclay Jones Jr., and parent to Katherine and Augie, who are current Cornell students.