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.


Book Launch: The Emerging Public Realm of the Greater Bay Area, December 2 @ 9AM

Thursday, December 2 , 9:00 am – 11:00 am Book Launch and Author Panel “The Emerging Public Realm of the Greater Bay Area: Approaches to Public Space in a Chinese Megaregion,” Routledge 2021 Book editors Miodrag Mitrasinovic and Timothy Jachna and chapter authors Juan Du and Mary O’Donnell will discuss ongoing transformations in public space,…

Public Space Lab: Vikas Mehta, December 1 @ 7PM

Public Space Lab, guest talk: Vikas Mehta December 1 @ 7PM Zoom: https://NewSchool.zoom.us/j/96929689560 Vikas Mehta is Professor of Urbanism and the Fruth/Gemini Chair, Ohio Eminent Scholar of Urban/Environmental Design and Coordinator for the Urban Design Certificate. Dr. Mehta’s work focuses on the role of design and planning in creating a more responsive, equitable, stimulating and…

Public Space Lab: Socrates Stratis, November 24 @ 7PM

Public Space Lab, guest talk: Socrates Stratis November 24 @ 7PM Zoom: https://NewSchool.zoom.us/j/96929689560 Socrates Stratis is an urbanist, architect and activist for the urban commons. He is Professor at the Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus. His research focuses on the political agencies of architecture and urban design, the strategic value of urban design, as…

Public Space Lab: Global and Comparative Perspectives on Public Space November 10 @ 7PM

Public Space Lab invites you to a student-moderated panel discussion on “Global and Comparative Perspectives on Public Space.” This conversation is framed by the Public Space Reader, an edited collection co-edited by Vikas Mehta and Miodrag Mitrašinović (Routledge 2021). November 10, 7-8:30pm (EST) Online event, zoom link: https://NewSchool.zoom.us/j/96929689560 Participants: Clara Irazábal is Professor and Director…

Infrastructure for the New Social Compact: Lecture by Teddy Cruz, October 27 at 4PM

Infrastructure for the New Social Compact: Lecture by Teddy Cruz October 27 at 4PM Teddy Cruz is recognized internationally for his urban and architectural research of the Tijuana-San Diego border, advancing border immigrant neighborhoods as sites of cultural production, from which to rethink urban policy, affordable housing and civic infrastructure. His investigation of this geography…

Prof. Jilly Traganou in conversation with Walter Hood, “Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America”

Prof. Traganou’s conversation with Walter Hood, one of the authors featured in the MOMA exhibition titled “Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America,” was published in Failed Architecture, an online platform which strives to reconnect architecture with the real world and explore the meaning of architecture in contemporary society.

Prof. Robles-Durán: Urban Practice After the Pandemic Lecture at Cooper Union, October 12

COHABITATION STRATEGIES AND URBAN FRONT: URBAN PRACTICE AFTER THE PANDEMIC TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2021, 12-2PM Prof. Miguel Robles-Durán will lecture at the Cooper Union on OCTOBER 12, as part of the lecture series Pluriversal, Bewildered and Otherwise. Miguel Robles-Durán is an urbanist with expertise in urban political-ecology and the design/analysis of complex urban systems. He…

Prof. Jilly Traganou in conversation with Olalekan Jeyifous, “Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America”

Prof. Traganou’s coversation with Olalekan Jeyifous, one of the authors featured in the MOMA exhibition titled “Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America,” was published in Platform, an open digital venue for exchanging new ideas about working with, researching, teaching, and writing about buildings, spaces, and landscapes.

Public Space Lab: Marcella Del Signore, Urban Machines: Public Space in a Digital Culture, October 13 @ 7PM

Public Space Lab, guest talk: Urban Machines: Public Space in a Digital Culture October 13 @ 7PM Marcella Del Signore is an architect, urbanist, educator, scholar, and the principal of X-Topia, a design-research practice that explores the intersection of architecture and urbanism with technology and the public, social and cultural realm. She is an Associate…

Prof. Miodrag Mitrašinović Publishes Two New Books Exploring Public Spaces and the Public Realm

The New School News publishes an article about Prof. Mitrašinović’s two new books exploring public spaces and the public realm, both published by Routledge in 2021.

Cities After… Bi-monthly podcast hosted by Prof. Miguel Robles-Durán

Cities After… is a bi-monthly podcast about the future of cities, hosted by Prof. Miguel Robles-Durán. Grounded in our daily urban struggles, it is part dystopian and part utopian. The intention is to entice civic imagination into action, because a more just and sustainable urban future is possible. Cities After… was launched in May of…

A Design Perspective on COVID-19: Interview with Jilly Traganou and Betti Marenko

India China Institute interviewed Prof. Jilly Traganou and Betti Marenko, co-editors of “Design in the Pandemic: Dispatches from the Early Months,” on their employment of design perspectives to discuss how inventive and localized strategies around the world emerged to handle the challenges posed by COVID-19. This interview was originally published in Pandemic Discourses.

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