gang(GREEN) by Kelsey Lents

Beneath Manhattan lies an existing subterranean urban ecology of waterways and potential spaces for plant life to grow and thrive. Columbia GSAPP student Kelsey Lents creates an underground park that feeds into this network, spreading green throughout the city from below, erupting at moments to contaminate the grid and infect the island and its infrastructure, thus regaining the balance between nature and architecture. 

This project is part of Experiments in Motion - a partnership between Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Audi of America. 

Block Party   |   Timothy Bell

In a city as dense as New York, unused space is rare. Block Party maximizes the potential of abandoned space in the city by exploring the hybridization of infrastructure and building. Vacant and unused portions of subway stations are reclaimed for bike storage, capitalizing on New York’s initiatives to encourage commuters’ bike and subway use. During rush hour, the storage units remain compacted under the street, but expand to double their size during off hours. By taking over the street, Block Party creates a new landscape that responds to both traffic patterns and infrastructure.


A Sky Cave for New York City by Vernon Roether

Columbia GSAPP student Vernon Roether looked at unused subway spaces in New York City as potential moments of meditation. A descent into a secret landscape of both active and forgotten infrastructure exposes visitors to the organs of a living, breathing city. Motion is abstracted and revealed at key moments punctuated by intrusions of light, sound, and touch. 

This project is part of Experiments in Motion - a partnership between Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Audi of America. 


What better way to celebrate over a year of Experiments in Motion than with a short film highlighting the design, research and innovation that went into partnership between Audi of America and Columbia University GSAPP .

Swoon NYC worked with us to create a video that captures the collaboration between Audi of America and Columbia University GSAPP, spanning from the initial launch to last month’s culminating NYC installation and everything in between. The GIFs above are just a taste of the footage from the full video, which you can check out here.


Forefront by Ehsaan Mesghali and George Dolidze

Forefront mobilizes the art institution as a guerrilla pop up exhibit facilitator, broadening their reach to engaging new audiences outside their established community. The versatile solution can be developed in virtually any public space transforming it into a gallery, exhibition or screening.  

This project is part of Experiments in Motion - a partnership between Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Audi of America. 

This weekend (April 27-28), New Habitat will be hosting a hackathon as part of the Ideas City Festival that will present architecture as an “API” to be hacked. The hackathon will mobilize a diverse group of architects, designers, artists, engineers, and technologists by providing the designs for a proposed building in New York City to be hacked away at, into and through to new ideas for domestic living.

The vicious cycle of innovation that opensource knowledge and infrastructure and a hacker ethos has ignited in other fields has yet to adequately disrupt architecture, buildings, the environments we inhabit on a daily basis. Cities have been hacked to death, but somehow the walls of architecture have stood firm. No longer.

New Habitat is a venture to do precisely what it claims, to rethink habitats. To participate, hackers of all stripe can register on Eventbrite at new-habitat.eventbrite.com. The hackathon will occur at the NewLab space at the Brooklyn Navy Yards on April 27-28, with a public presentation the following Friday, May 3 at the Ideas City Festival, hosted by the New Museum, The Architectural League of New York, Storefront for Art and Architecture and other amazing NY-based organizations.


Mark Wigley on how rethinking motion might lead to new connections between mobility and architecture.  Experiments in Motion is a partnership between Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Audi that will explore the future of motion, mobility and design.

Architecture is usually thought of as static and permanent.

The City of Mobile Services  taught by Geoff Manaugh and Nicola Twiley,  inverts the question of the future of mobility in cities by looking at everything that is currently stationary and considering how the city itself can become more mobile.

[A mobile Vatican in front of a static White House, photo by Chris Greenberg, 2008]

  [photo by Ivy Chan of a class trip to worksman Cycles]

The studio is working closely with food truck fabricators and bikes builders to understand the technical and practical implications of moving architecture.  

[A pedi-sukkah, built atop a Worksman Cycle.] Given the difficulty of finding space in New York City, their studio will design new strategies for thinking about space and mobility that will open up new opportunities and potential for industry, commerce and culture. Follow the progress of their studio and students throughout the semester on the studio blog: City of Mobile Services