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Final Thoughts


This is the first design course, or any creativity-based course within this major that we took the opportunity to familiarize ourselves with our course topic by means of researching and understanding the manifestos of noted Architects. By beginning with theories, arguments and points made by activists and architects alike, and moving along towards block typologies and case study analysis did I feel we developed a comprehensive understanding to our course outline.

Happy City:

This segment more or less felt like an afterthought, although it was enriching to have a representative from another department give their input on our studies. It would have been nice to immerse ourselves further into this concept, as well as readings and seminars pertaining to urban design.



Master Plan vs. Architectural focus:

It goes without saying that the Master Plan took precedence this semester, which I find crucial as we pursue our career as architects. The Building was an afterthought to say the least, scrambled together last minute which I feel took away from our graphic abilities. As we have developed experience at this stage (hopefully) in structurally sound building design, a more Urban development based design class would be better. Perhaps focus on site sections, street view renderings, and a more strict attention to the building requirements laid before us (waterway acreage, livable built space, park acreage)

Overall I’ve greatly enjoyed the social aspect of this course, it’s the first design course that sparked group conversation and input pertaining to design, and inspired new approaches in the way that I think. Thank you for a wonderful semester.

Team Reflection_FD3

1. Scale

2. High Density

3. Accessibility


5. Environmental Health

* Farhana, Dominic, Danny, Daniel  *


1. Scale

-Liveable, reasonable living spaces, solar access (sky exposure plane)

2. High Density

-Efficient use/organization of space, liveable, “good” relationship with commercial/residential/public spaces

3. Accessibility

4. Resiliency

-In regard to both Human and Environmental factors.

Human – Adaptability (ease of) to the environment/surroundings.

Environment – Flooding, Self-sustaining, resistance to weathering/human factor

5. Environmental Health

-In regard to both Human and Environmental factors.

Human- Access to fresh air, food, water, green space, sunlight, social interaction, safety/security

Environment- Sustainable building practices, clean energy,

Happy City_Personal Reflection

Although my thoughts are consistent with the initial Free Write (people, places, experiences) exercise, the psychology behind human interaction with the built space and our surroundings has become a more prominent factor in my mind for future design. I firmly believe that people are the first and foremost important factor when analyzing architecture and urban design, and has now become, in my opinion, the animus of happiness (or rather positive social interaction.)  Although the formula for the “Happy City” remains vague in my mind, I both intend and look forward to the pursuit and research of it.

Zender_Site Experience

Visiting the site provided a better perspective than observations of the site plan we’ve been provided with. From our view at Industry City, we were able to see the relationship with the waterfront and adjoining neighborhood to the left, as well as the view of New Jersey, the Manhattan skyline and the surrounding industrial sites.