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Columbia University: Shape of Two Cities - Paris and New York City

New York and Paris are important global cities, each still representative of its highly unique cultures. For students these cities offer an ideal opportunity to explore the historical, social and political development of urban form, and to clarify the roles of architects, planners and preservationists upon it. During the first semester the students are enrolled at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in New York and enjoy the resources of the School and Columbia University. In the following semester students are based at Reid Hall, Columbia University's center for French cultural studies, located in the center of the Montparnasse district in Paris. Reid Hall offers reading rooms, lounges, a 4,000-volume library, administrative offices, and an extensive network of activities to help students bridge the gap between American and French cultures.

The program offers two studio options, Architecture and Urban Studies, with a core curriculum supporting both concentrations. The core curriculum consists of lecture courses and seminars that help ground research projects in the physical, intellectual, historical and cultural contexts of both New York and Paris, providing students with critical analytic methods with which to interpret the development of urban form. Course work is supplemented by visiting lectures and critics representing both the professional and academic communities.