Urban Studies Program Events
Please join us for a panel and discussion of Prof. Aaron Passell's recently published book, Preserving Neighborhoods: How Urban Policy and Community Strategy Shape Baltimore and Brooklyn (Columbia University Press).
Monday, April 19, 5:30-7p, student panel (Gabriella Kaspi, Amelia Marcantonio-Fields, Sasha Weber, Catherine Zhu) will among them, briefly summarize the 4 substantive chapters of the book and pose questions to Prof. Passell, to which he will respond, and the discussion will be moderated by Prof. Mary Rocco, who will also pose some questions.
The book is available in Clio as an ebook and anyone attending is encouraged to check the book out beforehand: https://clio.columbia.edu/catalog/15365167. It is also available through Columbia University Press, for 20% off with the coupon CUP20, and at local bookstores.
PLEASE RSVP FOR ZOOM EVENT DISCUSSION PANEL AND Q&A HERE.
READ AN INTERVIEW WITH PROF. PASSELL IN COLUMBIA NEWS.
Black Neighborhoods: Past, Present and Future
Urban Studies, Barnard College + Columbia University
April 12, 2021 @ 6:30pm on Zoom
Register in advance for this meeting here to receive a link.
How has race shaped urban neighborhoods in American cities? How have processes of neighborhood change resulted in the erasure of Black design traditions? What are some steps toward restorative reconstruction and who is responsible for the labor of reconstruction? This event will examine the history, present and future of Black neighborhoods. It grows out of questions posed from two exhibitions, Reconstructions @ MoMA and Undesign the Redline @ Barnard (coming Fall 2021), that address how race has structured neighborhoods in American cities. Prof Mary Rocco, Urban Studies, will moderate.
Born in Chicago, IL Germane Barnes received a Bachelor's of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Architecture from Woodbury University where he was awarded the Thesis Prize for his project Symbiotic Territories: Architectural Investigations of Race, Identity, and Community. Barnes' research and design practice investigates the connection between architecture and identity. Learning from historical data and perspectives from within architecture as well as cultural and ethnic studies, he examines how the built environment influences the social and cultural experience.
He has previously taught graduate seminars, and workshops at Woodbury University. He is also the designer in residence for the Opa Locka Community Development Corporation where his design and research contributions have been published and exhibited in several international publications and institutions. Most notably, Curbed.com, where he was named a member of the 2015 Class of Young Guns, under-the-radar professionals who are busy challenging the status quo in the design industry.
April De Simone
April De Simone has over 15 years of experience in strategically designing, developing and launching for-profit, non-profit and government projects.
Continuing to advocate for social innovation, Ms. De Simone is co-creator of various for-purpose ventures and initiatives that promote market based solutions to address complex social challenges. A Dean Merit Scholar, she recently completed her Master of Science in Design and Urban Ecologies from Parsons the New School for Design. Ms. De Simone continues to be recognized for her leadership and dedication in supporting frameworks that promote a just and equitable society.
Ifeoma is an experienced Urban Designer & Strategist with a proven track record in transforming public spaces into platforms for equity and design excellence. In her twenty year career she has led projects in architecture, urban revitalization, community / large scale masterplanning, infrastructure upgrading, urban policy and neighborhood development. Through leadership roles in urban design & development initiatives funded by the United Nations, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the NYC Mayors Office she has excelled in managing multidisciplinary teams towards the planning and implementation of projects supporting racial, social and cultural equity. As the founding Director of Creative Urban Alchemy LLC she is a highly sought after consultant on equitable design and sustainable development strategy for city governments, real estate development entities and civic institutions internationally.
She has served on Advisory Boards for the Mayor of Helsingborg, Sweden H22 Smart City Initiative, Association for Community Design, Museum of Modern Art and is a founding board member of the BlackSpace Urbanist Collective. She is a 2010 Architecture for Humanity Design Fellow, 2016 NYC Urban Design Forum Forefront Fellow and 2016 Next City Vanguard Fellow. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University and Columbia University and has taught and lectured at Cornell University, University of Cape Town, Harvard University and the NYC School of Visual Arts. Ifeoma holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Master in City Design and Development from MIT.
Aaron is currently pursuing dual master’s degrees in architecture and urban planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he is a recipient of the Dean’s Merit Scholarship in both departments. In 2019, he received his BA magna cum laude in urban studies and the history & theory of architecture from Columbia University, where he was awarded the Phillip E. Aarons Thesis Prize in Art and Architectural History. In the Barnard urban studies program, he conducted thesis research on community-based cultural institutions and their role in mitigating or exacerbating neighborhood change.
Prior to graduate school, he was the 12-Month Intern in the Department of Architecture & Design at the Museum of Modern Art, where he was lucky enough to contribute research and logistical support for two exhibitions: Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America; and Modern Architecture in South Asia: The Project of Decolonization, 1947-85. He writes for the Architect’s Newspaper and MoMA’s collections website, and has worked with a variety of architecture, urban design, and participatory planning organizations in New York and abroad.