The Right To Water implementing micro-water infrastructure for refugee camps Spring Urban Design Studio at Columbia GSAPP Team: Majed Abdulsamad, Isabel Carrasco, Jun Ahn, Haochen Yang Refugee camps are unique urban typologies that outlast their initial planned lifespan to become full-scale ever-growing organic settlements which often lack basic services such as sustainable and secure access to water and electricity. Through this project, my team and I aim to think of the irregularity of the camp architecture as a potential to implement water collection and storage structures that would help the camp achieve resiliency and self-dependency on the long-term from the regional water infrastructure.
Just.Beer Curbing Recidivism Through Employment Fall Urban Design Studio at Columbia GSAPP Team: Majed Abdulsamad, Chris Chiou, Elif Unsal, Deniz Onder In a city like Poughkeepsie, the mass incarceration epidemic is so absurd that the Dutchess County jail annual cost of incarceration is higher than an ivy-league education. The proposed solution of a bigger jail completely ignores the fact that recidivism is fueled by economic and social injustice represented by the formerly incarcarated inability to obtain employment. This project seeks to find a way to break restriction on employment.
ReThinking South Bronx Reviving existing transit infrastructure and waterfront properties Summer Urban Design Studio at Columbia GSAPP Team: Majed Abdulsamad, Jiaqi Sun, Kuan Chung A project focused on reintegrating the industrial neighborhood of Port Morris, with its neighboring residential Mott Haven area through capitalizing on the underutilized existing infrastructure and the accessibility of south Bronx.