Fall 2018’s Senior Studio focused on Gowanus, Brooklyn. Students worked on a series of proposals to translate recommendations from the June 2018 Draft Framework, Gowanus: A Framework for a Sustainable, Inclusive, Mixed-Use Neighborhood into concrete design options. In order to understand the neighborhood we canoed with the Gowanus Dredgers, met with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy to discuss their Waterfront Access Plan, and spoke with designers from SCAPE working on the Gowanus Lowlands Plan. Translations of the framework began with urban design proposals that considered how to design within zoning ordinances to address public transportation and parking needs, mitigate contamination and flooding risk, and meet residents’ needs. A booklet of student work can be found here
In fall 2017 taught the Senior Studio on Housing and Open Space. Our site was the North Shore of Staten Island. A booklet showing the studio work can be found at this link: http://landarch.rutgers.edu/documents/StatenIslandStudio_F2017.pdf
I had the pleasure to work with a group of international interior architecture students for the 2016 IMIAD workshop in Nicosia, Cyprus. Tasked with thinking about memory & memorials in the city, the students decided to interview residents, make a film, and then project it in several locations throughout the city. In their own words: "As small groups we went out in the streets of Nicosia. Prepared with a professional camera, a microphone and questions to ask we started to interview people. Therefore we didn‘t focused on specific kinds of people. We tried to capture a variety of personalities and memories as great as possible. FEELING THE PRESENT: The city I live in ... & IMAGINE THE FUTURE: The city I live in ..."
“Memory of the future“ - a project by Nele Kiss, Wiebke Mennerich, Gowtham Nandakumar, Dilara Yildirim, Selkan Solmaz, Maria Rousis, Ediz Orac, Zeynep Gunay and Anita Bakshi.
This video describes the process of the 2014 St Croix Memorial Design Studio at Rutger University, Department of Landscape Architecture, in collaboration with the National Park Service.