Growing up in New York City especially Brooklyn I’ve seen all different sorts of housing options and architectures. I’ve realized I like neighborhoods that have brownstones or a mix of both modern and colonial style architecture.


Washington Square Park

(Many students from NYU and the New School like to come here in between classes)

In its most general sense, urban designers intend to improve the quality of people’s lives through design. They accomplish this through the elimination of barriers as well as the creation of opportunities for people to move about the city in a free, safe, and pleasant way (181).

The Flatiron district is one my favorite areas it has some of the oldest buildings in Manhattan and is known for it’s relations to the financial aspects of New York City. Despite the many office buildings and businesses in the area there are many green spaces such as washington square park, union square park, madison square park, entrance to the Highline and etc. As directed from the quote above, I believe because Manhattan is sought as privatized where most of the “wealthy” people. There are over 30 parks located in Manhattan, free public space to incorporate and attract all different kinds of people.


Although I live in Brooklyn not all of it is urbanized. This is a bay Emmons Ave near Manhattan beach, it is a couple of blocks down from my house.

plan_busch-campusI feel like one place that wasn’t designed is Busch campus due to the lack of convenient walking paths and the distance spaces within the campus, I find it very inconvenient to travel and get form one part of the campus to the other.


We subsidize public transportation for several reasons. There are people who cannot use private transportation, and society must provide them with some means of personal mobility (241)

On another note, as a student in the public school system in New York City I was always given a free metrocard and metrocards in general are $2.50, although the prices have increased over the years it’s still a lot less than what it used to be. And people from all different backgrounds and social standings use the subway system every day making it easy for everyone to have their own personal mobility. Which is also why I appreciate Rutgers because as student’s we are given unlimited busing basically for 20 hours of the day.


Rutgers has a wide variety of different styles of housing options. I live on Douglass campus which has a lot more Georgian colonial architecture. The picture below represents, Jameson Residence Hall. I like living here a lot because it encompasses five buildings around one courtyard which acts as a plaza. With the added green space there are also two gazebos which act as hang out spots for those who want to smoke or those who just want to utilize the space to sit. There are also tables and benches, this area sometimes attracts families with children or dog owners. It forms it’s own type of community and acts as a safe space because the courtyard is confined in the quarters of the 5 buildings. The rooms inside the residence halls are very large, these dorms were actually build is 1926 and were the first Douglass Residential College residence halls build.


What I dislike are buildings that are really tall and bland, used just to fill up housing spots. Basically Le Corbusier style housing options, I feel like the Lynton Towers represent this type of housing style, although they aren’t that high up, the buildings are very square, decent in height and bland.


This is a great pathway next to Alexander Library but the value of the view is diminished by the parking deck. It feels blocked off and is distracting to the rest of the environment

Levy, John M. (2012-09-20). Contemporary Urban Planning (10th Edition)