2014/2013 News Archive



Cara Eckholm - highlights 2013-2014 archive

Cara Eckholm, Woodrow Wilson School and Urban Studies Certificate Program, Class of 2014. See her article "Hungary's Identity Crisis Fought in Concrete & Bronze" published on a website called Failed Architecture.






Kunihiko Nagakura - highlights 2013-2014 archive

Kunihiko Nagakura, Department of Computer Science and Urban Studies Certificate Program, Class of 2014. How can we integrate computing systems into urban planning without resorting to simply information points? Check out Kuni Nagakura's Computer Science/Urban Studies senior thesis project. Working with a Kinect sensor, Kuni attempts to bring sociological and urban studies understandings of space -- flows, inequalities, cultural meanings, aesthetics -- into computation and computer vision, so that we can better integrate these socially-grounded sensibilities into architecture and design. If you were in the Architecture building on April 24 you may have given it a try!




Panama Canal - highlights 2013-2014 archive

"Panama Canal" Opens at the Lewis Center
Interactive multimedia exhibition by senior Cara Michell, Certificate Program in Urban Studies 
What: Interactive multimedia exhibition that explores acts of exclusivity and privatization in urban public spaces.
Who: Created by senior in the Lewis Center's Program in Visual Arts Cara Michell
When: April 7 through 11, opening reception April 10 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Lucas Gallery at 185 Nassau St.
Free and open to the public 




Katie Dubbs 2013-2014 archive

Katie Dubbs, Class of 2014, was named recipient of the Daniel M. Sachs Class of 1960 Graduating Scholarship, one of the highest awards given to Princeton undergraduates. Katie Dubbs, an art and archaeology major who is also pursuing a certificate in urban studies, has been awarded the Sachs Global Scholarship, which will support a year of study in Vienna. Combining research and performance, Dubbs will examine late-19th-century Viennese classical music known as art song or "lieder." Read more...




Climbing Mount Laurel - highlights 2013-2014 archive

"Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb" new book by Douglas Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School. Director, Office of Population Research. Director, Program in Population Studies and Urban Studies Executive Committee member, Princeton University has won the 2013 Paul Davidoff Award.
Read press release. 





Benjamin Sacks - 2013-2104 archive

Benjamin Sacks, History graduate student, Princeton University, Awarded 2013 Francois Auguste de Montequin Prize for best conference paper on the topic of North American colonial planning history at the 15th National Conference on Planning History, Society for American City & Regional Planning History Toronto, Ontario, Canada, October, 2013.





Erman Eruz 2013-2014 archive

Erman Eruz, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Architecture and Engineering and Urban Studies Certificate Programs, Princeton University, Class of 2014.

“I participated in the 10th Urban Housing Conference in Shanghai, which took place on July 5-7, 2013 and was organized by the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Ministry of Urban & Rural Construction of People’s Republic of China. My paper is published in the Conference Proceedings. There were 4 parallel sessions in the conference, and I presented my paper in the session “Society and Humanity in Housing” on the second day of the conference to a group of 35 people. It was well received, and there was a short discussion in the Q&A section on what the Western typology of the Chinese housing in the last 20 years signifies and what it entails for the future. At the closing ceremony, I was awarded a “Best Student Paper Award”. My participation in this conference let me have another visit to Shanghai, and this time with a new set of eyes after completing the class ART 459: Anxious Megalopolis, I felt much more knowledgeable about the city and what its development means for the future of other cities, such as my hometown, Istanbul, because Shanghai is a very special case of a city that has undergone tremendous change in only two decades. Also, after being so well received in the conference, both by the other fellow students and the professors, I realized that the background I got from ART 459 and the work I have put in the class were very beneficial, and I learned a lot about a country that I absolutely had no idea about before having taken that class, culminating in a piece of work that was given an award by the scholars of that country.” 



Yair Mintzker - highlights 2013-2014 archive

Yair Mintzker, Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University received the Urban History Association Best Book Award (Non-North American,) for his book: The Defortification of theGerman City, 1689-1866, Cambridge University Press, 2012. 




New Books

Porous City Book 2013-2014 archive

New book - "Porous City: A Cultural History of Rio de Janeiro (from the 1810s onward)" by Bruno Carvalho. Bruno Carvalho is Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures and George H. and Mildred F. Whitfield University Preceptor in the Humanities at Princeton University, where he is also affiliated to the Program in Latin American Studies, the Program in Urban Studies, and the Center for African American Studies. Read more...




Faculty Blog


Gyan Prakash - 2013-2014 archive

Visit the NY Times Global Edition: "India Ink" blog posts published by Gyan Prakash, Professor of History and Urban Studies Executive Committee member, Princeton University. 





Faculty Research 

Sigrid Adriaenssens 2013-2104 archive

Sigrid Adriaenssens, Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Urban Studies Executive Committee member, Princeton University presented her latest research paper "Enclosed Network Bridging Structures for Urban Environments" at the International Conference on Adaptation and Movement in Architecture in Toronto, Canada, October 2013. 



Student Experiences

Misha Semenov, School of Architecture; Urban Studies Certificate Program Student, Princeton University, Class of 2015. Summer Intership and research 2013:

Group Photo with Misha - highlights 2013-2014 archive

"This summer, I worked for Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co (DPZ), an Urban Planning and Architecture firm in Miami, Florida. Andrés Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, both Princeton graduates, are the principals of the firm and founders of New Urbanism, a movement that advocates for smarter urban planning rooted in walkable, transit-oriented neighborhoods. I did and learned so much more than I thought possible during my time with DPZ. I got the chance to travel to Louisiana to do hands-on urban design in a downtown revitalization project, and to do a lot of research on that town's history, poring through old fire insurance maps and photos. I really enjoyed making street designs for a project in Phoenix and working on putting together a publication on architecture in our urban projects. Most of all, I learned a lot about the field of urban planning and effective ways to address the pressing environmental and social crises precipitated by our current broken planning system, and became convinced that this is what I'd like to spend the rest of my life doing!"

Misha Semenov - highlights 2013-2014 archive

"I also spent a week in Colombia this summer doing research on the urban transport systems and public space designs in Bogotá and Medellín, two cities that have recently been in the international Urban Planning spotlight for their innovative actions. While there, I met up with several architects and urbanists, including Giancarlo Mazzanti, a former visiting professor at Princeton. It was an incredible experience to see these places firsthand, and I produced a 40-page report on my findings and observations on everything from aerial gondola public transit systems to urban bike paths to street walls in traditional neighborhoods."