Global Urbanism Studio

The Master of Urban Design program’s Global Urbanism Studio has long focused on providing students the opportunity to study and experience significant global cities in comparative perspective. Summer 2020 was no exception—even at a time when international travel is not possible.

Associate professor Derek Hoeferlin, chair of landscape architecture & urban design, re-conceptualized the 2020 Global Urbanism Studio to be run completely remotely. Led by visiting assistant professor Jonathan Stitelman, this summer’s studio worked with an international network of designers across the globe, representing all of the continents plus the oceans, to understand how COVID-19, climate change, and other crises affect their regions. The studio took a multi-scalar view to balance the global interconnectedness of cities with the particularity of each urban context. Working with these guests and Sam Fox School faculty, students designed proactive, site-specific adaptations to the public realm, infrastructure, and building typologies.

“The current pandemic has exposed the interconnectedness of delicate, global networks,” Stitelman said. “In an instant, this has changed how we relate to and negotiate space and the performance criteria of the built environment. This time of uncertainty provides an opportunity to assert a vision for the ‘new-normal’ after the crisis, and to take a critical position about the value of cities and urban design to support urban resilience.”

Our invited international partners joined in instruction, lectures, invited essays, and reviews. This collaboration unveiled the significance of this moment in regions around the globe with expansiveness and particularity. Invited guests for the summer included:

Doreen Adengo (Kampala, Uganda)
Principal, Adengo Architecture

Marcus Carter (New York City, United States)
Partner, OBJECT TERRITORIES

Felipe Correa (Manaus, Brazil)
Partner, Somatic Collaborative; Chair of Architecture, University of Virginia

James Davidson (Brisbane, Australia)
Principal, JDA Co.

Patrick Gmür (Zurich, Switzerland)
Steib Gmür Geschwentner Kyburz; Former Head of Town Planning, Zurich, Switzerland

Elisa Kim (The Oceans)
Atlas of the Sea; Assistant Professor, Smith College

Michael Kokora (Hong Kong, China)
Partner, OBJECT TERRITORIES

Oliver Schulze and Mohammed Almahmood (Copenhagen, Denmark)
SCHULZE+GRASSOV

Lola Sheppard and Mason White (The Arctic)
Partners, LATERAL OFFICE

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Workshop Video


Video highlighting the Kampala Workshop led by Jonathan Stitelman and Doreen Adengo, June 1-12, 2020

Lecture Videos


Lecture by Doreen Adengo on "Kampala & Design Practice," June 1, 2020


The Lively Cities Panel Discussion: June 19, 2020


Lecture by Marcus Carter + Michael Kokora, June 22, 2020


Lecture by Patrick Gmür, July 6, 2020


Lecture by Lola Sheppard + Mason White, July 13, 2020


Lecture by Felipe Correa, July 20, 2020


Lecture by James Davidson Architects, July 27, 2020


Lecture by Elisa Kim: August 3, 2020