David Smiley
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David Smiley teaches in the architecture and urban studies programs at Barnard and Columbia Colleges. He is an architect and an architectural historian and has published articles on the American single family house, shopping centers, the growth of suburbs and on architecture in Perspecta, CAA Reviews, Lotus, Domus and A+U Magazines. He is the editor of Redressing the Mall: Sprawl and Public Space in Suburbia, published by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2002. He has taught at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Yale University School of Architecture and Washington University.

Until 2003, Smiley was the Research Director of Design+Urbanism, an urban design firm that completed studies and plans for neighborhoods internationally as well as for New York City, including Hells Kitchen South: Developing Strategies (co-author), 2001, published by the Design Trust for Public Space. Smiley is currently completing a Ph.D. in Architectural History and Theory at Princeton University, where he is focusing on modernist urban theory and the emergence of the American shopping center, 1940-1955.

Personal Statement

My DT fellowship for was a dramatic and exhilarating immersion in the rush of urban change. The project, Hell's Kitchen South, provided an opportunity to participate in the web that connects urban design to the diverse regional and local actors who have a stake in the spaces of the city and to the policy frameworks that regulate and guide government action.

Unique among neighborhoods in New York City, Hell's Kitchen south is overlaid with a remarkable array of urban elements – from small businesses and tenements to the hustle of Ninth Avenue's many food stores to the traffic system of the Lincoln Tunnel and the Port Authority, to the Hudson River – so changes to the area were, and remain, contentious and potentially exciting. Our Hell's Kitchen South project sought to insert into the development process a dose of urban design ideas that emerged from the scrutiny of the unique features of the area as well as from discussions between residents, businesses, planners and architects. Defining a role for urban design as integral to the process of planning for the future of the area proved to be a continuous negotiation, with design always "on call," thus making the process rewarding and enlightening for all.

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