Advanced Urban Design

URPL-GP.4680, 1.5 points.

Semester: Spring


This one-week intensive studio course will examine opportunities and pressures facing one of New York's premiere parks, Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Formerly the site of two World's Fairs, the park hosts two museums, a zoo, in addition to a large number neighborhood, regional, and large scale events. Flushing Meadows Corona Park is considered the most heavily-used public park in New York City.

Through a focused design study of the area's history, its diverse neighborhoods, changing demographics, transportation challenges, and unique hydrological profile, students will develop urban design proposals to improve existing conditions, engage and evaluate current proposals, and envision future park uses. The park has been the subject of intensive study and controversy during the past 18 months—a new Major League Soccer soccer stadium has been proposed for a prominent site within the historic World's Fair core, the USTA national tennis center is planning an expansion, and shopping mall is proposed for a site within the park, along its western edge.

The studio will be directed by Louise Harpman, a professor of architecture, urban design, and sustainability. The studio’s project partner is New Yorkers for Parks NY4P, a leading non-profit research and advocacy organization.


URPL-GP 1620

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Spring 2013Richard BurdettEvaluation
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