Complex Projects NY Midtown Studio trip

NY Midtown Graduation Studio of Complex Projects continued their research with a week long field trip to New York packed with site visits, workshops and lectures.

The group made their first impressions after a general site tour, followed by a brief lecture on the office and selected projects by ShoP architects founding partner, Corie D. Sharples.

In the following days, students presented their work in combined sessions at Columbia GSAPP. Through discussions about the Midtown, both Delft and Columbia students gained useful local insight from guest critics including Eran Chan and Juan Roque Urrutia of ODA. Additionally, the group explored the mid-Manhattan library project with a tour by Mecanoo associate Jasper Tonk and visited the latest projects of Diller Scofidio + Renfro – The Shed and the New MoMA.

Stemming from the week long field trip, students will have developed a good spatial understanding of the city, in order to formulate clear conclusions, reflect and build towards their thesis topics. By a critical examination of New York’s Midtown, the studio aims to eliminate the traditional and perhaps linear processes of planning, urban design, and architecture.

The graduation studio consists of both individual and group work, focusing on different research topics tested on the same site. The students will need to develop a vision, a design scenario for the site, rendered by the individual project interventions. Keep updated on the activities of the studio here.