Sunday, May 12, 2019

Imagining Hudson's Future

Last fall, the Urban Design students from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University studied Hudson and its environs, exploring topics that ranged from the challenges of agriculture and the distribution of fresh produce, through the relationship between a small city like Hudson and its suburban and rural surroundings, to scenarios for the future of Hudson's waterfront. 

What emerged from that semester of study were eleven projects, which were exhibited in December at Hudson Hall. The press release announcing the pop-up exhibition stressed that the projects were meant to offer concepts and ideas for further discussion. "Drawing from their diverse creative and analytical skills, the students' projects open new ways of approaching questions of urbanization, community investment, and long term change. The hope is that these projects can contribute to ongoing conversation, and that the work can promote more collaboration and communication between all those seeking equitable change in their community and across the Hudson Valley region."

The student work from last fall's Urban Design Studio, called The Space Between Cities: Redefining Urbanization in the Hudson Valley, was recently published. The document can be viewed here. The videos of each of the eleven projects, which were presented last December at Hudson Hall, can be viewed here 

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