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Assignments - NYC

Project 1: Food Map 1 due 2/17 
Local Food Map + Diagram NYC - Individual Assignment

Create a map and accompanying diagram that documents and the spatialization of a particular food network as situated in your neighborhood.  Students will also write a short essay (750-1,000 words) explaining the mapping process and analyzing the spatial patterns and flows observed and represented through this study.

Assignment 2: You Are What you Eat - due 2/24

To get the semester started we’d like for you to introduce yourself. But this being a studio on housing and food, we’d like you refrain from reciting your CV and instead show us what goes inside your mouth. This first exercise is a visualization of the relationship you have with food in Lebanon. We need to see our food in our environment in order to react with an appropriate design. This not only provides a great perspective for yourself, your classmates, but our colleagues in New York City, as they will as well introduce themselves to us in terms of the food they eat.

Document your eating and buying habits for a period no less than 5 days. Utilizing a number of different medias and documenting tools how can you present to us a visualization of your food consumption patterns in relationship to home and school. Where do you buy it, where do you prepare it, where do you eat it, where do you throw out the waste?

Students are encouraged to use video as a form of visualization (max 5 minutes!) but other forms of documentation are allowed (mappings, slideshows, audio, blogs, googlemaps, etc)

Video files (in presentable format - ie, .mov, .mpeg, .wmv or compatible no more than 5 minutes long). File must be small enough to easily upload to class blog. Or printed mapping, diagram or images (to also be scanned to uploaded) or Digital presentation (no more than 5 mins) that can include multi-media. (Basically, use a format that works for you and tailor it suit your needs as per the assignment)

Project 3: Food Map - VIDEO 
Draft and working version - due 3/10 

Final Version + Presentation - due after spring break, 3/31
Farmers Market NYC - Pairs or Small Groups
Select one farmer to interview, profile and build a user and site study based on his/her .  Create a short video, no longer than 5 minutes, that illustrates, analyzes and provides a user study at the Union Square Farmers Market or another market in NYC, and how it relates to conditions and qualities of the global city. 

- Proximity to other food, social, cultural, economic functions
- Integration/Isolation from urban fabric
- Environmental factors (water catchment, light, shade, power, waste)

GHOST MAPS: BEI-NYC collaborative mapping
Due April 14th

Design Intervention in Public Space
(Beirut, NYC, and Virtual)

- Small Groups

1st Draft due 5/5

Final Version and presentation 5/12

Design brief with specific design parameters and assignment instructions here

- Project 1 - Food Map - 10%
- Project 2 - You are what you eat - 10% 

- Project 3 - Video - 20%
- Final Project - 20%
- In-Class Participation and Attendance - 20%
Missing 3 classes is automatic grounds for failure.
Use of cellphone unrelated to class exercise = 1 absence
    Sleeping = 1 absence
Two lates (arriving 10 minutes after class start time) = 1 absence

- NYC Blog Participation -  10%

- Beirut Blog Participation - 10%

Each student will maintain an individual blog using the Tumblr platform and follow the class Tumblr site. Weekly blog posts will be assigned for the first 10 weeks of the course and then students will blog independently as they document the process of their final projects. Each blog post will consist of 2-3 paragraphs of text and 3-4 supporting images. Blogs are due and must be posted by midnight on the Wednesday before class. I will then review and reblog the posts to the class Tumblr site on Thursday morning so that a compendium of individual posts will be ready to be reviewed in class on Thursday evening. Students are expected to consistently review updates to the class blog, to read and comment on their peers’ blogs, and submit discussion questions and add to the lists of resources.  In addition, students are required to follow, read and comment on the blogs of their colleagues in Beirut.