Placemaking Lab Reports

This workshop is a required course for UPM students but is open to other GCPE students. Over 15 weeks the course introduces students to methods and techniques for analyzing the public realm in cities and to the understanding that the design of new public spaces and the development of public space management strategies depend on rigorous analyses of existing urban conditions and the needs and activity patterns of public space users. Students learn to observe public spaces through the use of statistical data collection, interviews, photography, and video. Students learn to analyze spatial characteristics involving use, circulation, programming, servicing, landscape, etc. Students learn to use conceptual diagrams, mapping, and architectural drawings (site plans, elevations, and sections) to communicate findings.

Analysis of Public Space: Johnny Hartman Square

Johnny Hartman Square is a small, triangular traffic island in West Harlem in the historic neighborhood of Hamilton Heights. The...

Analysis of Public Space: Hillel Place Plaza, The Junction

The Hillel Place Plaza Project at Flatbush Junction is a part of the Plaza program established by the NYC Department...

Analysis of Public Space: Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn

NYC Parks and Recreation Department and the Fort Greene Park Conservancy asked UPM to develop vibrant and appropriate placemaking proposals...

Analysis of Public Space: Fowler Square

This report seeks to develop a design recommendation for Fowler Square in a people-centric manner that serves the surrounding community’s...