Jeff Schumaker, Chief Urban Designer for the NYC Department of City Planning took part in the Urban Studies graduate course on Urbanism on April 6th. He has worked on projects across the city and helped shape plans for neighborhoods as diverse as Coney Island in Brooklyn, Hudson Yards in Manhattan and Hunters Point South in Queens.
MA student Kevin Timoney, recipient of the Mayor’s Scholarship, starts a new job in the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services. Kevin will be Project Manager developing solutions to New York City’s procurement process. The objectives: make it easier for vendors doing business with New York City and save taxpayers money.
Led by Dr. Rosemary Wakeman, Director of the Urban Studies Program
Join this session to learn more about our 16-month, interdisciplinary master’s degree in Urban Studies, which tackles complex issues confronting urban policy makers.
Tuesday, March 15 at 6pm
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Urban Studies partners with Santander Universities to launch three international programs for 2016. With support from Santander Universities, Urban Studies MA students will travel to Peking University to study gentrification and urban renewal, the Technical University in Berlin to research comparisons between Berlin and New York, and to the University of Pretoria to take part in the “We Must Rise” festival.
Annika Hinze, Assistant Professor of Political Science, becomes non-resident Fellow for Global Cities with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. The Council’s Global Cities program is one of the most visible and fastest-growing research initiatives on global cities in the United States. The Chicago Council on Global Affairs was also just ranked as the #1 Think Tank To Watch by the University of Pennsylvania in its Think Tank Watch Rating for 2016. Professor Hinze was honored for her work on comparative politics, globalization, and immigrant integration.
In this edition of the Center for Metropolitan Studies Berlin podcast, Dorothee Brantz speaks with Rosemary Wakeman, tracing Prof. Dr. Wakeman’s intellectual engagement with the urban from California to Toulouse, Paris and New York City. They also discuss global comparative perspectives and the notion of the public intellectual.
My road to the MA in Urban Studies started with a hitchhike down a road in Bosnia and Herzegovina four years ago. I had recently graduated from Riga Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, in Latvia. I had been exploring the field of architecture and urban regeneration, which became my architecture thesis – “Revitalization of industrial territory across the river Daugava.” I devised a set of rules for how to recycle cargo containers into modular buildings that could be expanded or reduced along existing railroad tracks. Nevertheless, hiking down that road, I realized that I had left out the human side in all this spatial and aesthetic calculation. I met many seemingly similar people during my study, but with diametrically opposed opinions about identity and urban regeneration. I realized that design might have drifted away from human experience. There must be a way to reach a local John or Sarah in order to design for them. I applied to the Master’s Program in Social Anthropology of Riga Stradins University a month later.
Anthropological study gave me a completely different perspective. My Master’s thesis on the “Road: Collision of Private and Public Space” was a spatial, philosophical and anthropological approach to roads, space, and place. I argued that roads have this special way of vitalizing a neighborhood rather than simply drawing a border or rupturing space. My field work was situated in a remote, borderland area between Latvia, Estonia and Russia, which had recently experienced a decrease in population. I treated economic, social, and political processes and looked for practical solutions to everyday realities.
My architectural and anthropological training tackled the same problems, but from different points of view. What was missing was the theory and practice that joined them together. I believe Urban Studies can provide me with the tools to design not only aesthetically but also ethically, and specifically to each particular case and context. Urban Studies connects the social realities of cities with architecture and design. It serves as the next logical step in my career. My future ambitions are connected to the development and welfare of the Baltic region. I plan to take an active part both in academic and practical strategies for development and regeneration processes in the region.
Fordham Urban Studies welcomed as an institutional partner of the UN Habitat University Partnership. The Partnership was introduced by the United Nations to promote cooperation between UN-Habitat and institutions of higher learning worldwide. Urban Studies will participate in the global discussion currently taking place on “The City We Need” and the “New Urban Agenda” and sustainable development. They are part of preparations for the Habitat III Conference in Quito, Ecaudor in October 2016. http://uni.unhabitat.