Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and recipient of their 2014 New York State Educator Award; publications include the Le Corbusier Guide, which has been translated into four languages, as well as many essays on Le Corbusier and writings on urbanism and ecology such as Extreme Sites: Greening the Brownfield and The Organic Approach, which she edited with fellow faculty member Zehra Kuz; architectural practice, Gans studio, is a Design Excellence Firm of the City of New York, with work that has been exhibited at the Guggenheim and the Venice Biennale; has served as undergraduate department chair.
B.A., Harvard University (summa cum laude); M.Arch., Princeton University.
Coney Island CYCLONE!Coney Island CYCLONE! Fall 2013 Arch 400 Undergraduate Architecture Design Proposals to address the environmental challenges and possibilities at Coney Island NYCHA campuses The course investigated the technical, social and cultural implications of environmental change for The New York City Housing Authority Coney Island Houses and Gravesend Houses in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. We developed strategies to address pre-existing socio-economic vulnerabilities simultaneously with emerging challenges. The scale of our study was the “neighborhood”, understood as the NCYHA campus and its surrounding urban fabric. Too often these campuses are treated in isolation and the mutual benefit that campus and adjacent community can bring to each other is ignored. In the case of Coney Island, where rising tides will inundate NCYHA and surrounding fabric equally, the redefinition of neighborhood context is particularly key. Coney Island’s outsized historical narratives continue to shape its present and future. The grand scale of its modernist public housing exists as a counter- utopia to its magical legacy of amusement and relaxation. The duel between these cultures and now climate change remains unresolved in the Department of City Planning’s current rezoning for the Island. Our work challenged the assumptions of this plan from the point of view of the community. As a RAMP studio, we collaborated with several GCPE courses over the semester, and, most importantly, participated in the community outreach led by SES 631. Professor: Professor Deborah Gans Students: David Aedelin, Eric Anderson, Alyssa Bearoff, ,Felcia Chen, Sophia Cosenza, Matthew Potts, Intiporn Rojanasopondist, Tracy Tan
Red Hook Rising: Interim Strategies for Post-Storm Community RecoveryFall 2013 Arch 400, Elective Design Studio Undergraduate Architecture Interim Planning and Design Strategies for Post-Disaster Recovery at the Scale of Community It is a challenge to shelter New Yorkers in place after a storm; but to displace a community during recovery is to weaken its social and economic fabric. The difficulty of housing a large population of renters as well as owners in proximity to their neighbors and corner stores led NYC Department of Emergency Management (DEM) to study the possibilities of pre-fabricated multi-family dwelling and to then commission, with FEMA, the construction of a proto-type designed by Garrison Architects. DEM then partnered with our RAMP studio to explore the potential of this prototype to temporarily house residents, to re-establish community economic and social networks, and to model a resilient future. Our study neighborhood is Red Hook, where industrial/commercial, small scale residential, and New York City Housing Authority properties were equally affected. The historic separations among these properties and users were addressed through our rebuilding strategies that envisioned a more equitable as well as resilient future. Our public design presentations were a vehicle for discussion among residents who had previously had not entered into dialogue. Additionally, the designs are (still) exhibited at Emergency Management Headquarters. We think the neighborhood and larger city discussions that have emerged from the work is the most valuable product. Client Partner: Department of Emergency Management Red Hook Houses Resident Representatives Professor: Professors Deborah Gans, Jeremy Carvahlo Students: Valerie Bustos Ashley Connely Jillian DeLuca Abraham Dreazen Jasper Hayes Azhar Kootda Chin Lau Alex Lee Martha Madrid David Martinez Ana Monteverde Sung Jun Park Carla Perez Joop Pyo Alex Restivo Michelle Rojas Nilasha Sriniva Wilfred Yenko
The Courts of Sheepshead Bay: Community RecoverySpring 2013 Arch 565, Interdepartmental Seminar Undergraduate Architecture/GCPE Post-Disaster Community Support and Visioning for a Resilient Future Working with Pratt Center, we engaged a severely damaged neighborhood in Sheepshead Bay offering first short-term recovery support and then engaging in a visioning process that extended for two years and ultimately produced, 6 years later, the reconstruction of several blocks with new resilient infrastructure and houses. Both architecture and planning students from the seminar continued to work on the project- one for its entire duration- as part of Gans & Company. The project required working across disciplines of planning, environmental management urban design and architecture. It required the coordination among the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of transportation , the Housing Recovery Office and even City Planning to implement this prototype for community resilience t the scale of a city block. Client Partner: Pratt Center and MAHNY Sheepshead Bay Courts Resident Representatives Professor: Professor Deborah Gans Students: Rosamund Palmer, Sean Gold