Kaja Kuhl

Adjunct Associate Professor of Urban Planning

Kaja Kühl is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Urban Planning of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.  She is also the founder of youarethecity a research, design and planning practice in New York. youarethecity collaborates with institutions, individuals and non-profit organizations to produce maps, diagrams, writings, designs, websites, events and exhibitions about urban spaces. Recent work includes a hiking trail in Northern Manhattan, research on urban agriculture and a field guide to phytoremediation.

Prior to founding youarethecity in 2008, she worked for the New York City Department of City Planning as an Urban Designer and team leader where she was responsible for design guidance and development of public policy for several private rezoning applications and city initiatives. Kaja is a certified planner and Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University, where she coordinates the 5 Borough Studio as part of the Urban Design Program and teaches studios and seminars related to her research on migration and urban spaces.

Kaja received her Diploma in Architecture from the University in Karlsruhe, Germany and a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University in New York.

This course will concentrate on design, research, interpretation and analysis of urban spaces in New York City, with discussion of the region, the country and abroad. The introductory nature of the course necessitates overview of a broad range of topics rather than in-depth exploration of each topic. However, all course materials and work will relate to the forces that shape urban form. By the end of the course, each student will develop an awareness of the built environment and the critical elements required for successful place making. Learning throughout the semester will be project-centered with hands-on application of physical planning and design. Students will focus on planning process during the first half of the semester and development for the remainder.

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