When Three Schools, and Three Countries, Converge in One Studio


In most years, the students in David Gouverneur’s Urban Design Studio would spend a semester learning about a single place, making connections with local students, faculty, and leaders, traveling to the sites. The pandemic meant that studio travel wasn’t possible. But instead of scaling back, for the Fall 2020 Semester, Gouverneur tapped into a network of collaborators to expand it.

Over the course of the fall semester, students at three different universities—the Weitzman School of Design, The School of Architecture at La Universidad de Guadalajara in Mexico, and the Architecture Program at Universidad Simón Bolívar in Venezuela—worked together to study three different sites in Caracas, Guadalajara, and Bogotá. The three sites are comprised predominantly of informal neighborhoods; all at the fringe of environmentally protected and agricultural zones, but are very different in terms topographic conditions, scale, degree of consolidation, and in relation with formal and higher-income areas. 


See the complete review about the workshop here.