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Staten Island Urban Center,

Maritime Education, Recreation, and Culture (M.E.R.C.) Corridor Planning Proposal

Oct. - Dec. 2023

Building Climate Justice: Co-Creative Coastal Resilience Planning

Course Leader: Paul Gallay, Greg Yetman, Kytt MacManus

Working with the Staten Island Urban Center, we created an ArcGIS StoryMap for their Maritime Education, Recreation, and Culture (M.E.R.C.) Corridor Planning Proposal.


This presentation aims to provide an overview of the MERC development plan, with a deep dive into the specific community demographics and needs of the North Shore and the importance of maritime education in particular.


Experiential Cartography

March 2023

Barnard + Columbia Architecture Department, Architectural Design: Environments & Mediations

Course Leader: Lindsay Harkema


Project Brief: Spatiotemporal Mapping

How do we perceive space over time? For Project 2, students will analyze and map the experiential conditions of a public space over time. They will observe the space over time taking note of physical and experiential criteria including the formal composition, sensory characteristics, maintenance and routine, as well as the movement and behavior of various human and non-human actors and forces in the space. They will identify experiential rhythms, sensory loads, potential for over and under-stimulation. Students will document these phenomena in a layered drawing. Spatial information necessary to reveal relationships between static and transient elements as well as physical and non-physical phenomena should be included. From this layered drawing, students will produce an animation of the space over time.


  • Setha Low, “Embodied Space” in Spatializing Culture, London: Routledge, 2016.

  • Giulana Bruno, “An Atlas of Emotion”, in Atlas of Emotion, 2002, London: Verso, 2018.

Softwares used: CAD Mapper, Google Earth, Rhino, Adobe Illustrator


My cartography is focused on the embodied experience of Columbia University’s Low Plaza, shaped by people, temporary infrastructures, and sounds, over time. SHAPE indicates the type of activities performed. Some are more organized and planned, some are more spontaneous and voluntary. They fuse together to dictate unique spatial and auditory experiences, some more attractive than others depending on individual preferences of social engagement and comfort. SIZE indicates the approximate magnitude of the individual/group. COLOR indicates the intensity of sound.


City, Landscape, and Ecology 


Course Leader: Ralph Ghoche



Travel Sketchbook


Mostly observational; in France, New York, Houston, Peru, New Zealand... Documenting spaces and how they are experienced. Bringing a sketchbook around helps me to understand a place more intimately and attentively. I hope my love and care for cities, neighborhoods, and the built environment can be felt in my research, writing, and future planning career.


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