This studio led by Marianne Kwok, Luc Wilson, and Elie Gamburg (Kohn Pedersen Fox), and assistant professor Timur Dogan (Cornell) probes the potential of high-density mixed-use development as a catalyst for an architectural solution to urban development and environmental concerns. The studio takes as its site a large tract of land presently the site of the Javits convention center on the western edge of Manhattan adjacent to Hudson River, the new neighborhood of Hudson Yards and two NYC parks. In the first part of the studio, students will learn parametric modeling as a powerful analytic tool to evaluate light, environmental factors, views, and zoning.
Concurrently, the students will analyze precedent mixed-use projects, using these existing models as references to develop a preliminary master plan integrating residential, office, hotel, and retail that will reposition the site as a catalyst for social and urban activation. The rest of the semester will be spent developing the masterplan to a single building, or collection of buildings that represents the vision of the urban mixed-use project.