Urban Studies

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Designed as an interdisciplinary program, Urban Studies offers a broad introduction to the city and the urban environment.

Students combine course work and urban issues with hands-on experience in New York City. A dedicated faculty offer courses ranging from urban politics and community, architecture and the built environment, urban history, immigration and class relations, to literary representations of urban space.

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New Series Gr8 Talks! Next Event 10/26

Joseph Heathcott

The Fall 2016 Gr8 Talks! series continues on Wednesday, October 26th with Vol. 4 "Towards a Critical Urban Practice" led by Joseph Heathcott, Associate Professor of Urban Studies at Parson School of Design | The New School, NYC, and is the 2016 Princeton-Mellon Fellow in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities. Prof. Heathcott's articles, photographs, maps, drawings, and exhibits have appeared in a range of venues, from books and magazines, to exhibits, blogs, 'zines, and journals of opinion. His research on the social and design history of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe public housing project led to an exhibition at MIT titled Vertical City and contributed to the documentary film The Pruitt-Igoe Myth. HIs most recent photography exhibits include Post-Acropolis Metropolis, installed at the Town Hall Gallery in Stuttgart, Germany, and BQ Borderlands, installed at the Queens Museum of Art.

Gr8 Talks! is a new series of 8 talks aimed to enhance information sharing and collaboration among students, faculty and experts in the field of Urban Studies.

The next talk begins at 6 p.m. in 525 Martino Hall, Fordham Lincoln Center, 45 Columbus Ave, NY City.

Mark Street Defends the Art of Street Photography in Filmmaker Magazine

Mark Street

Mark Street, writer, filmmaker, and Assistant Professor of Film in the Visual Arts Program at Fordham, defends his craft in a new article for Filmmaker Magazine: "In Defense of Street Photography in an iPhone Age."

Oddly, as filming in one medium (the cellphone) has become ubiquitous, people seem to fear the semi-professional more and more. A professional film shoot ascribes to standards — releases are signed, tacit agreements are made, those filmed understand the scope of the project. As someone who works alone (without a crew that creates a kind of picture a passerby might be able to understand) I often find myself at pains to explain myself.

Read the full article at filmmakermagazine.com

Mark Street FilmsLima Limpia (2014)

Vertical Landscape

Congratulations and bravo to Urban Studies major Zhiyi Zhou for her outstanding photography! Zhiyi's exhibit "Vertical Landscape" is now on display at the Ildiko Butler Gallery at Lincoln Center, 113 W. 60th St., New York, NY.

From the artist:

The exhibition, "Vertical Landscape," consists of ten black-and-white photographs taken with a 4*5 large-format camera. Over the past two years, I have photographed in Rockaway, New York and during trips to China and Cuba. Inspired by an interest in people's living space, the photos capture vernacular architectures both dwelled by humans and inhabited by nature.


The opening reception is Friday, April 22, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Please stop by to see Zhiyi's images from New York, China, and Cuba.

Practicing Utopia

Fordham News : Professor Calls for Return to Regional Planning’s Utopian Age

Graffiti Murals

Special Feature:

Urban Studies alumnus Patrick Verel talks about his book Graffiti Murals: Exploring the Impact of Street Art.