Urban Planning & Design

A technical and political process concerned with the development and design of land use and the built environment, including air, water, and the infrastructure passing into and out of urban areas, such as transportation, communications, and distribution networks.

StoryMaps

Twin Cities StoryMap

This AADN StoryMap reckons with the spatial contexts of the police killings of Philando Castile in 2016 and George Floyd in 2020 and investigates the structural role of the built environment in the Twin Cities.

Nexus Podcast

Isabel Strauss

Season 1, Episode 7: Isabel Strauss, a current GSD student, discusses her thesis, which takes the shape of a Request for Proposals to address paths to reparations for Black communities in Chicago's South Side.

Announcements

Architects of Black Harlem

The AADN's Thandi Nyambose surveys some of the places where Black designers have made space for domesticity, creativity, and community, and built a Harlem of bricks and of the imagination. 

StoryMaps

Walter Hood StoryMap

This AADN StoryMap investigates Places through the lens of the work of Walter Hood and social art and design practice Hood Design Studio, Inc.

StoryMaps

Harlem, NYC StoryMap

By tracing Black-designed places in Harlem, this StoryMap highlights the importance of Black urbanists in shaping Harlem’s historical and contemporary identities.

Nexus Podcast

Toni Griffin

Season 1, Episode 6: Urbanist, architect, and GSD Professor Toni Griffin shares her experiences transitioning from working in the private sector to the public sector and starting her own design research initiative.

Nexus Podcast

Stephen Gray

Season 1, Episode 5: Urban designer and GSD Professor Stephen Gray examines ways in which we can bridge the gap between academia and real-projects.

Feature

Kimberly Dowdell

Kimberly Dowdell, AIA, NOMA is an architect and real estate developer born and raised in Detroit.  She is the president of the National Association of Minority Architects, the Director of Business Development for HOK’s Chicago Office, and a partner of...

Feature

Stephen Gray

Stephen Gray continually challenges the false choice between either making cities more beautiful or making them more equitable. Whether in his career as a senior urban designer at Sasaki or in his teaching and research at the GSD, Gray’s work...

Feature

Toni L. Griffin

Toni L. Griffin’s career has spanned almost every scale that the practices of urban planning and design have shaped. Having begun her career as an architect with Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, eventually rising to the level of Associate Partner in...