URBAN@PARSONS

Welcome to the online hub for urban graduate programs at Parsons School of Design—Design and Urban Ecologies and Theories of Urban Practice.

At Urban@Parsons, we reframe the study of urbanism, design, urban policy and social justice, and configure critical courses of action and research which attempt to redefine cities and urbanization in fundamental ways.

We believe this is a critical moment to examine the global situation which is affecting every aspect of urban life from food, education, and housing, to jobs, mobility, and urban infrastructure. There is an unprecedented urgency to engage, through design and research, in the conceptualization and implementation of radically new approaches that can transform the socially, economically and environmentally unsustainable forms of urbanization that have dominated policy and politics for decades.

Urban@Parsons is a very unique design-based graduate learning environment with a committed engagement with the city, which places questions of social, spatial, and environmental justice at its forefront. Therefore, we believe we are in the best position to tackle the ongoing and ever-changing challenges of cities and, most importantly, the role that citizens and residents play in making cities more resilient and sustainable through collective action.

Our students, faculty, and researchers work across New York City with local grassroots initiatives, community-based groups, not-for-profit organizations and city agencies, in areas facing rapid changes and therefore challenges: waterfront development, gentrification and displacement, migration and resettlement, food justice, housing and school overcrowding, new transit-oriented development, just to mention a few. In addition, students have opportunities to be involved in a range of projects, nationally and internationally. Through our Global Intensive Studio, students and faculty have traveled and engaged in projects with universities, civil society partners, and community organizations across the world: Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen, New Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, Venice, as well as in Medellin.

EVENTS

Urban Colloquium 2 Guest Lecture: Sabrina Dorsainvil, April 21 @ 4PM

Sabrina Dorsainvil is Director of Civic Design in Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics in Boston, MA. Sabrina is fascinated by people: the way they move, speak, touch, interact and experience environments, objects and each other. She brings this lens to her work as a designer and illustrator; from playful drawings to human centered design…

Other New Deals lecture series, April 9, 4-6PM

Other New Deals lecture series Marshall Plan Part II: Farming Next Rural Trade Relationships Friday, April 9, 2021 4-6PM Join us for a continuation of our Other New Deals conversation surrounding a Marshall Plan for Rural America, started on February 26th. We are going to dig deeper into the pathways between urban-rural farming practices and how they…

BUILDING COOPERATIVE MOVEMENTS FOR INCLUSIVE FUTURES, APRIL 8, 7:30- 9PM

BUILDING COOPERATIVE MOVEMENTS FOR INCLUSIVE FUTURES ONLINE PANEL THURSDAY, APRIL 8 7:30 – 9:00 PM (EST) ONLINE / ZOOM REGISTER HERE Community Land Trusts are a growing movement and effective alternative to the overpowering private real estate market. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of the housing markets and their declining public housing options.…

MOBILIZING AGAINST EVICTION WAVE, MARCH 4, 7:30-9PM

MOBILIZING AGAINST EVICTION WAVE: PANEL DISCUSSION ON EVICTION MORATORIUM, CANCEL RENT, AND OTHER TENANT PROTECTION EFFORTS THURSDAY, MARCH 4 7:30 – 9:00 PM ONLINE / ZOOM REGISTER HERE Housing insecurity has been exacerbated by the economic impact of the pandemic. Tens of thousands of New Yorkers currently face the inability to pay rent, harassment from…

Urban Colloquium 2 Guest Lecture: Ana Džokić and Marc Neelen, March 3 @ 4PM

STEALTH.unlimited (2000, Rotterdam/Belgrade) is an internationally active spatial practice led by Ana Džokić and Marc Neelen. Although initially trained as architects, for over 15 years their work is equally based in the context of contemporary art and culture. Through intensive collaboration with individuals, organizations and institutions, STEALTH connects urban research, visual arts, spatial interventions and…

Urban Colloquium 2 Guest Lecture: Clair Beltran, February 24 @ 4PM

Clair Beltran Clair Beltran is CUP’s Program Coordinator. Clair has been involved in a number of important CUP programs, including Get Support In Housing Court, Figuring Out FEMA, and Parents Rights During Covid19. She is a graduate of Middlebury College where she studied Architecture and Geography, and her interest is in the intersections of sociology,…

DECADE OF FIRE: STAY-FIGHT-BUILD, February 11, 7-8:30PM

DECADE OF FIRE: STAY-FIGHT-BUILD SCREENING AND DISCUSSION DOCUMENTARY FILM BY VIVIAN VAZQUEZ IRIZARRY, GRETCHEN HILDEBRAN, JULIA ALLEN, AND NEYDA MARTINEZ WATCH ONLINE SCREENING: February 2-11 JOIN ONLINE DISCUSSION: Thursday, February 11, 7:00-8:30pm REGISTER HERE Please register to receive the links to access the documentary film and to join the discussion. Throughout the 1970’s, fires consumed the South…

China Made: Techno-politics, materialities, and legacies of infrastructure development, February 10, 10-11:30AM

Date and time: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 10:00 – 11:30 AM (US EST) For event REGISTRATION, follow this link. The China Made project seeks to build an innovative research agenda for an infrastructural approach in the China Studies field. We approach infrastructure as both an empirically rich material object of research and an analytical strategy…

PUSH/The housing activist discussion, February 1, 7-8:30 PM

PUSH/THE FILM DOCUMENTARY SCREENING AND HOUSING ACTIVIST DISCUSSION THIS EVENT WAS ORGANIZED BY STUDENTS FROM THE MS DESIGN AND URBAN ECOLOGIES PROGRAM, PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN, IN COLLABORATION WITH STUDENTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH ONLINE/ZOOM SCREENING: JANUARY 24 – FEBRUARY 6 DISCUSSION: FEBRUARY 1, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Global finance is profiting handsomely from…

Urban Colloquium 2 talk: Alex Schafran, February 12 @ 4-6PM

The Spatial Contract: A New Politics of Provisions for an Urbanized Planet Alex Schafran, a writer, urban planner, geographer, educator, researcher and activist, and Lecturer at the University of Leeds, UK. Schafran’s work focuses on issues of housing, racial segregation and the broader politics of urbanization. His publications include “The road to resegregation: Northern California…

Urban Colloquium 2 Lecture: Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, February 8 @ 6PM

Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman are principals in Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, a research-based political and architectural practice in San Diego transgressing conventional boundaries between theory and practice, and merging the fields of architecture and urbanism, political theory and urban policy. The practice investigates issues of informal urbanization, civic infrastructure, and public culture,…

Urban Colloquium 2 Guest Lecture: Hendrik Tieben, February 3 @ 5:30PM

Hendrik Tieben is Director of the MSc Urban Design and Associate Director of the School of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research and teaching are devoted to the creation of Sustainable Communities and the increase of community benefit in contemporary urban planning processes. He particularly focuses on Hong Kong, Macau and…

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