URBAN DESIGN STUDIO II: The Regional Studio Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation


Case Studies [2010]

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Global Practices

Local Experiences

This research is to produce a collective knowledge and library of waste, recycling, and reuse as practiced
through time and space. As a parallel investigation to their design groups’ matrix and site analysis research,
each student independently will explore:
A Best Practices case study of an advanced technology related to waste management. This exercise should be
considered at the macro scale with broader consequences and critical understanding of environmental and
economic consequences, as well as detailed architectural documentation of plants, facilities, systems,
infrastructure, etc.
A case study by each student from their respected country, region or city of origin at the micro scale that
highlights how a particular WASTE is managed or had been managed. The case study can focus on a
good/bad/wasteful/wasteless/etc example as well as of either a contemporary or historic condition. These case
studies are intended for the general knowledge of the studio to further the students’ understanding of what
happens to our global collective WASTE now, and what has happened through the history of human
Note that these are independent research projects, so each student’s individual interests and unique
knowledge of a place should drive the selection of case studies, and the way in which their research is
conducted and depicted. Students should consider the impact (local, regional, global); the effective period
(short, medium, long, permanent) the spatiotemporal reality; and the physical and socio‐cultural outcome of
the two case studies. Each case study will have to determine the relevant scales in relation to the subject


Although researched and prepared individually, the case studies will ultimately be grouped by their global
location for the presentation. A template will be prepared by the TA to help you structure your presentation.
Both case studies will consist of 10 pages/slides 8.5 x 11 in PDF format each for group review and two color
copy print outs. Pages/slides should be sequenced in the following order:
• title/location + money shot
• program/event description 100‐250 words + matrix checklist.
• system plan 1:1000+ (to explain projects relation to larger urban/natural environment) can be in diagram form
• site plan/or section 1:100
• 3 images (views/photos/illustrations) captioned
• diagram overlay (no scale) of the ‘most critical’ component

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