making cities more livable together with you
making cities more livable together with you

youarethecity is an urban research, design and planning practice led by Kaja Kühl.

you are the city” stands for the believe that everybody has agency in shaping their own environment. I see my role as facilitating that process and amplifying the voices of those often underrepresented, including people of color, children and immigrants promoting spatial justice, equity and climate action.“

The practice works  with communities, government agencies, and non-profit organizations to co-create mission-driven projects at multiple scales.

Integrating contextual research, mapping, community workshops, and design speculation, this work takes on a range of formats from master plans to architecture, writings, mappings, events, exhibitions and policy proposals. 

Kaja Kühl is (Dipl.Ing, AICP)  is an urban designer with a Diploma in Architecture from the University in Karlsruhe, Germany and a Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University in New York. 

Her design work and writing have appeared in Landscape Architect Magazine, Volume, AD, the Venice Architecture Biennale, Center for Architecture and Urban Omnibus

Kaja is a passionate educator and teaches seminars and design studios at Columbia University and the City College of New York in addition to frequent workshops in non-institutional settings. She is a founding member of the Hudson Valley Collaborative.

youarethecity is a WBE certified business in New York City and is located in Brooklyn on the Lenapehoking, the unceded homeland of the Lenape people.