About the Urban Landscape Lab.
An inter-disciplinary applied research group at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation focused on the role of design in urban ecosystems.

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The Urban Landscape Lab is dedicated to affecting positive social and ecological change in the joint built-natural environment. We study cities as places in which ecological processes and urban systems have a complex range of influences upon species diversity, climate change, and social equity. Our projects bring together a wide range of disciplines – architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, preservation, civil engineering, conservation biology, economics, climate, public health, and community-based advocacy – to connect experimental research methods of the academic setting to practices embedded in New York City and beyond. If you are interested in working with us, please get in touch.

Directors

Kate Orff

Founder & Director, Urban Landscape Lab

Kate Orff is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, and Founder/Co-Director of the Urban Landscape Lab where she leads studios and seminars that integrate the earth sciences into the design curriculum. Kate is also a registered Landscape Architect and active design practitioner. Her office, SCAPE, has won local and national design awards and is working on active projects for the City of New York, a waterfront park for The State of New Jersey, the LEED platinum Ford Calumet Environmental Center in Chicago, and environmental education centers in Greenville, SC, and in the Catskills for the NY State DEC. She was named a Dwell Magazine ‘Design Leader’ and H&G’s 50 For the Future of Design and received a 2008 National ASLA award in the Communications Category. Kate received a B.A. in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia in 1993 and an MLA from Harvard University. contact: kate @ scapestudio.com

Janette Kim

Janette Kim

Director, Urban Landscape Lab

Janette Kim is an architectural designer, researcher and educator based in New York City. She is principal of All of the Above, a design practiced based in Brooklyn, and a faculty member at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she directs the Applied Research Practices in Architecture program and the Urban Landscape Lab. Janette’s research work focuses on design and ecology in relationship to public representation, interest, and debate.
contact: janette @ e-alloftheabove.org

Research & Design Associates

YoungJi Bae

YoungJi received a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University GSAPP in the spring of 2010. She worked on podcast research for Beijing Safari 4.

 

 

 

 

Lisa Ekle

Lisa Ekle received a Master of Architecture at Columbia University GSAPP in the spring of 2010. Lisa has worked on podcasts, the Queens Arts Express issue map, research, and drawings for the Safari 7 Reading Room at Studio-X New York in the summer and fall of 2009.

 

 

 

 

Robin Fitzgerald-Green

Robin Fitzgerald-Green received a Master of Architecture at Columbia University GSAPP in the spring of 2010. He worked on Safari 7 New York research, podcasts, and the Queens Arts Express issue map in 2009.

 

 

 

 

Steven Garcia

Steven Garcia received his Master of Architecture at Columbia University GSAPP in 2009. He has worked on installation design and production for the Safari 7 Reading Room at Studio X in the fall of 2009.

 

 

 

 

Margaux Groux

Margaux Groux received a Bachelor of Arts at Barnard College with a major in Urban Studies and a specialization in Architecture. She worked on the ULL and Underdome websites.

 

 

 

 

Meg Kelly

Meg Kelly

Meg Kelly received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in architecture from Barnard College in the spring of 2009. She has worked on the Fall Kill signage project, A User’s Guide to the Fall Kill Creek publication, and research for the Known Unknowns seminar. Meg directed the installation of the Public Horizon exhibition at Studio-X.

 

 

Helen Kongsgaard

Helen Kongsgaard is a designer based in New York City, who addresses urban, landscape and experimental media. She organized school partnerships, exhibitions and publications for Urban Landscape Lab and pilots outreach for Safari 7. After earning a B.A. from St. John’s College in Philosophy and the History of Science, Helen graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she trained in Visual Culture.

 

 

 

Sayli Korgaonkar

Sayli Korgaonkar received her B.A. with a major in Architecture at Columbia University in 2009. She has worked on research for the Safari 7 Reading Room at Studio X in the summer and fall of 2009, and was a podcast author as a students in a seminar on urban ecology at the Barnard and Columbia Colleges Architecture Program.

 

 

 

Monique Marian

Monique Marian holds a B.Arch from Pratt Institute. She is a visiting professor at Pratt Institute School of Architecture and a freelance architectural designer. She worked on Safari 7 in the summer of 2010.

 

 

 

 

Eliza Montgomery

Eliza Montgomery received a Master of Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP in the spring of 2012. She has worked on Beijing Safari 4 research and mapping in 2010, and was project manager of the Fall Kill Plan from 2011-12.

 

 

 

 

Katie Okamoto

Katie Okamoto

Katie Okamoto is a Master of Architecture candidate at Columbia University GSAPP and received her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Brown University. She is a research and design associate for the Underdome publication in 2013-14.

 

 

 

 

Soohyun Park

Soohyun Park received her B.S. in Architecture from the University of Michigan in 2007. She worked on drawings for the Safari 7 Reading Room at Studio X in fall of 2009.

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Payne

Jonathan Payne graduated from Columbia University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts and departmental honors in architecture. Professional experience in architecture has included internships at design firms as well as contributions to exhibits, museum tours, and academic research in drawing and spatial representation. While a student at Columbia, he also studied cello at the Juilliard School and explored a variety of subjects linking architecture and music. An essay resulting from that research, “Xenakis, Cage, and the Architecture of Music,” will be published in The Norton Pocketbook of Writing by Students in 2010.

 

 

Jonathan Pettibone

Jonathan Pettibone is an architectural and urban designer based in Brooklyn, New York. He has worked on drawings for the Safari 7 Reading Room at Studio X in Fall of 2009. Currently Jonathan holds the position of Designer at Clinton Hill Design Build in Brooklyn, NY. Previously he collaborated with TUG Studio on the Thai Exhibition at the ICFF and the Fancy Food Show held at the Javitts Convention Center in NYC. Jonathan received a MSAUD from Columbia University and a BARCH degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology. His research and design work for the Dongdaemun district in Seoul, South Korea is featured in Columbia University’s publication Abstract v.05-06.

 

Evan Sharp

Evan Sharp is the founder of Pinterest, Inc. Evan used to be an architect. Then, he designed Pinterest! He leads Pinterest’s creative team. Before Pinterest, he was a product designer at Facebook, and studied history at the University of Chicago and architecture at Columbia. Evan worked on the the Queens Arts Express issue map, drawings and research in the summer and fall of 2009. Evan is the designer of the ULL and Safari 7 website, and the founder of the Urban Landscape Lab Encyclopedia.
 
 
 

Lily Saporta-Taguiri

Lily Saporta-Taguiri received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental and Urban Studies from Bard College in the spring of 2012. She worked on podcast research and graphics for Beijing Safari 4 in 2010, and returned to the lab to work on outreach for the Fall Kill Creek project in 2012.

 

 

 

Michael Schissel

Michael Schissel is a Master of Architecture candidate at Columbia University GSAPP. He was the project manager of the Poughkeepsie Underwear Green Infrastructure Garden signage project, and research and design associate for the Underdome publication in 2013-14.

 

 

 

Sydney Talcott

Eliza Montgomery received a Master of Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP in the spring of 2013. She was the project manager of Safari 4 Beijing from 2010-2011, and designer for the Fall Kill Plan signage scheme.

 

 

 

 

Gena Wirth

Gena Wirth received her MUP and MLA at Harvard University GSD in 2009. She coordinated, researched, and produced drawings for the Safari 7 Reading Room at Studio X in fall of 2009.

 

 

 

 

Peter Li-Yang Wu

Peter received a Master of Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP in the spring of 2010. He travelled to Beijing conducting Safari 4 research in 2011, and edited the Safari 4 videos.

 

 

 


Christina Nguyen, Christian Prasch, Inbar Kishoni

Queens Arts Express Volunteers

 

 

 

Partners & Collaborators

Photograph of Juan Du

Juan Du

Associate Professor and Director of the MArch Program, Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong

Juan Du is Associate Professor and Director of the MArch Program in the Department of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong. Her research and writings have been published in China, Europe and the United States, including China Voices, Urban Trans Formations, Domus International, Urban China, and Journal of Architectural Education. She is the founding director of Hong Kong based office IDU_architecture with projects ranging from the extent of built forms to the social and ecological processes of the city. Her work has been exhibited internationally including La Biennale di Venezia 11th International Architecture Exhibition, Vienna Architekturzentrum Exhibition, and the Brazil International Exhibition of Architecture and Urbanism. Juan Du is often invited to speak by institutions such as the Asia Society India Centre in Mumbai, the DeBalie Centrum in Amsterdam, the European Cultural Capital Workshop in Luxembourg, and the Holcim Forum for Sustainable Construction in Shanghai. She has taught architectural and urban design at the Department of Architecture of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Graduate Center of Architecture at Peking University. Prior to starting her own practice in 2006, she worked in the offices of Yung Ho Chang Atelier FCJZ in China, Agence Santiago Calatrava and Atelier Seraji in France, and Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects in the United States. She was the Chief Curator of Hong Kong’s participation in the 2010 Venice Biennale of Architecture, Curator of Housing an Affordable City Exhibition at the 2011 Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale, and the Assistant Curator for the First Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism\ Architecture in 2005. Juan Du was born in China, raised and educated in the United States, with additional professional practice experience in Europe and China. She holds a Master degree in Architecture from Princeton University and is the recipient of a US Fulbright Foundation Scholarship for her research on the transformations of the contemporary Chinese city.
 
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Magu Bueno

Director, São Paulo Lab

Maria Augusta Bueno has a BA degree in Architecture and Planning from Mackenzie University in São Paulo (1997) and has graduated with honors in 2000 from the Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design program at Columbia University. She collaborated as a researcher and video maker for the American Section of the “Mutations” Exhibition that was held in Bourdeaux, France and Tokyo, Japan, which was also published on the book “Mutations” edited by Actar Publishers. She was part of architect’s team at Davis Brody Bond Aedas in NY and São Paulo from 2001 until 2007 working in urban design, housing, institutional and industrial projects in the U.S., Kazakhstan and Brazil. In 2008 she co‐founded the architecture practice Estudio Maac with Andrea Castanheira and has been a guest teacher at Escola da Cidade in São Paulo since then. In 2010 she became the director of São Paulo Lab.
 
Photograph of Glen Cummings

Glen Cummings

Partner, MTWTF

Glen Cummings is a partner at MTWTF, a interdisciplinary graphic design studio in Lower Manhattan that collaborates with other disciplines, such as architecture, fashion and urban planning, to create identities, environments, products and publications. Glen has been a lecturer in Graphic Design at Yale University since 2002. His work has been awarded and published by the American Institute of Architects, The American Institute of Graphic Designers among others.
 

 

Jordan Carver

Research & Design Associate, MTWTF

Jordan Carver is a Masters of Architecture and Urban Planning candidate at Columbia University’s GSAPP and founder of Experiments in Architecture and Research, a multidisciplinary design studio. He is an assistant editor for ABSTRACT, the yearly compendium of student work, and a teaching assistant for the GSAPP Introduction to Architecture Summer program. Previously Jordan was a graphic designer working in Brooklyn and Denver and an adjunct professor and critic at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. Jordan has worked on installation design and fabrication for the Safari 7 Reading Room at Studio X in the summer and fall of 2009.

Susan Choe

Research & Design Associate, MTWTF

Susan Choe is a Master of Architecture candidate at Columbia University GSAPP. Susan has worked on installation design and fabrication for the Safari 7 Reading Room at Studio X in the fall of 2009.

 

 

 

Eliza Dzik

Research & Design Associate, MTWTF

 

 

 

 


Kathryn Hotler

Research & Design Associate, MTWTF

Kathryn Hotler has worked on installation design and presentation materials for the Safari 7 Reading Room at Studio X in the summer of 2009.

 

 

 

Jenny Noguchi

Research & Design Associate, MTWTF

Jenny Noguchi has worked on installation design and presentation materials for the Safari 7 Reading Room at Studio X in the summer of 2009. She is a freelance graphic designer based in New York and has worked for several publications including Print and Picture.

 

 

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Gavin Browning

Programming Coordinator of Studio-X

Gavin Browning holds a BA in English from The New School University and a MS in urban planning from Columbia University. His writing has appeared in artonpaper, The Brooklyn Rail, loud paper, Time Out New York, Village Voice, Volume, Urban China and elsewhere. Previously, he worked for the publishing houses Verso, The New Press and Metropolis Books.

 

 

Photograph of Gavin Browning

Erik Carver

principal Erik Carver Design

Erik Carver is an architectural designer and artist based in New York City. He has worked individually on residential and institutional design, co-founded collaborative groups—Advanced Architecture, common room, and Seru, and worked for architects Lyn Rice and Laura Kurgan. He teaches at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Erik received a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree from University of California San Diego. Erik co-authored Crisis in Crisis: Biosphere 2′s Contested Ecologies.

 

Photograph of Damon Rich

Damon Rich

Chief Urban Designer, Division of Planning &
Community Development, City of Newark

Damon collaborated with the Urban Landscape Lab on This Is Newark.

 

 
Phil Anzalone

Phil Anzalone

Director, Avery Digital Fabrication Lab

The Digital Fabrication lab provided support for the Safari 7 Reading Room.

 

 

 

Safari 7 Authors and Contributors

Steven Handel

Steven Handel

Alexandre Vial

Alexandre Vial

Alex Cook

Alex Cook

Evelyn Ting

Evelyn Ting

Grace Robinson Leo

Grace Robinson Leo

Lesley Merz

Lesley Merz

Meg Kelly

Meg Kelly

Ryan Johns

Ryan Johns

Sayli Korgaonkar

Sayli Korgaonkar

Stephanie Odenheimer

Stephanie Odenheimer

Stephanie Odenheimer

Emily Glass

Stephanie Odenheimer

Aaron Hsieh

Stephanie Odenheimer

Alison Von Glinow

Friends of the Lab

  • Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation

    • Studio-X A downtown studio for design and research, located in the heart of New York’s creative community.
    • Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting An experimental unit that develops new forms of communication in architecture, collaboratively with Archis and AMO.
    • China Lab Both a research laboratory and a design studio, which asks questions of and develops investigations inspired by China’s rapid urbanization and spatial production.
    • Living Architecture Lab A firm that amalgamates architectural processes into strong, conceptual statements.
    • Network Architecture Lab An experimental unit investigating the impact of telecommunications, digital technology, and changing social demographics on architecture and urbanism.
    • Spatial Information Design Lab A think- and action-tank at Columbia University specializing in the visual display of spatial information about contemporary cities and events.
    • Avery Digital Fabrication Lab A fabrication lab that develops techniques for merging design and fabrication through digital networks and develops new building systems using CNC technology for prototyping full-scale component parts that structure the logic of larger assemblies.
  • Institutional

  • Organizations in New York City

    • NYC Urban Park Rangers A group dedicated to linking New Yorkers to the natural world.
    • Queens Arts Express An annual arts festival along the No. 7 train line packed with arts exhibitions, festive events, and live performances.
    • Arts for Transit Encouraging the use of public transit by presenting visual and performing arts projects in NYC rail stations.
    • Queens Botanical Gardens A living museum serving the most ethnically diverse county in the United States.
  • Practices

    • Scape SCAPE is a design-driven landscape architecture and urban design studio based in New York.
    • All of the Above An architectural research & design practice that focuses on public and social engagement within media.
    • MTWTF A graphic design studio specializing in publications, environmental graphics and identity systems.
    • HeaderFooter A design firm that complicates perspectives by humanizing information.
    • common room A provisional practice that questions institutional and physical boundaries.