Architecture and Urban Design Lab 2017

This advanced course engages students in the research and design processes most often found in architecture and urban design studio classes. Because this is an advanced course, previous design experience is recommended. The LAB looks broadly at contemporary challenges, including resource management, human and non-human habitation, as well as political and social pressures on the environment. As a project-based course, students work individually and in teams, combining original research to create relevant and compelling design proposals. Introductory design exercises prepare students for an intense focus on a current problem in an established or emerging urban environment. Students are expected to present their ideas through the use of diagrams, scale models, video, animations, and other forms of imaging. Thus, as they create and develop original design proposals, students experiment with a variety of techniques and forms of representation. Research skills and visual literacy will be prioritized.

Louise Harpman is the founder and principal of Louise Harpman PROJECTS whose work focuses on architectural design, design research, and urban design. Before founding PROJECTS, Louise Harpman was, for 20 years, a principal in the architecture and design firm Specht Harpman. Specht Harpman was recognized in Wallpaper* magazine’s Architects’ Directory as one of the “top 50 up and coming architectural practices from around the world.” Specht Harpman designed and developed the zeroHouse™, a high-performance, off-the-grid micro dwelling, as well as the Manhattan Micro Loft. Both projects established Specht Harpman as international design leaders in the micro dwelling movement.Louise Harpman has always maintained a commitment to teaching as well as practice. She is a tenured Associate Professor at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and an associated faculty member at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Department of Environmental Studies. She is also a member of the Faculty Advisory Committee at the Marron Institute of Urban Management at NYU and collects coffee lids, vintage light bulbs and balloon molds among other things.

From Outrage to Action: Proposals for Climate, Resources and Planet 

Agnes Denes  •  Ismail Ferdous  •  Gideon Mendel    Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), Max Liboiron, Director  •   Mark Read and Grayson Earle •  Louise Harpman,  Architecture and Urban Design LAB 2017 sponsored by Global Design NYU •   Mary Mattingly • nadahadaThe Yes Men