Buildings, Cities, and Climate: The Manhattan Earth Forum
Core Undergraduate Studio

This studio raised the awareness of the relationships between
a building, a city, and the climate. To design a building in a dense, urban environment we must come to understand architecture’s relationship with larger systems. At this very moment, US cities are experiencing dramatic transformations as they confront issues surrounding the COVID Pandemic, climate change, inequality, and affordable housing. This is all layered on top of typical challenges cities face in relation to infrastructure, density, transportation, economic sustainability, health and livability. It is more critical than ever for architecture to establish a relationship with the systems, fabric, and environment beyond its singular building lot.