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

INTERNATIONAL CALL: World Zero Evictions Days for Coronavirus

World Zero Evictions Days: International Alliance of Inhabitants (IAI) fights for international solidarity to achieve dignity and security in housing because #HousingisaHumanRight. IAI has long declared the month of October World Zero Eviction days. Connect your fight for international solidarity and the right to housing on the IAI Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/InternationalAllianceInhabitants. The United Nations…

Prof. Mindy Fullilove on ‘Planning to Stay’

  An excerpt from Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All, by Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, published in September 2020 by New Village Press. Dr. Fullilove here presents case studies to illustrate the power of city centers to “name and solve our problems.” She visited Main Streets in 178 cities across 14 countries.…

MILITANT RESEARCH: COLLECTIVE INVESTIGATIONS WITH URBAN SOCIAL MOVEMENTS —Friday, 2 October 2020 @ 10:00 am

This webinar will explore and discuss different tools and approaches within the field of militant research, and its suitability to the current situation of communities and activist organizations in COVID and Post-COVID cities. Militant research has its starting point in the assumption that there is no such a thing as a neutral standpoint for the…

Global Design Studio in the Age of Pandemics_Thursday June 25, 8AM EST

Thursday June 25, 8AM EST This webinar is part of the initiative ‘2020: A Year without Public Space under the COVID-19 Pandemic’. For the list of events in the series, follow this link. >>> REGISTER HERE The COVID-19 pandemic has forced architecture, design and planning schools and universities around the world to pause face-to-face teaching…

From the Epicenter: Infrastructures of Inclusion_June 19 at 10AM

Friday, June 19, 2020 @ 10:00AM to 1:00PM (EDT) It is now evident that the design of (new) infrastructures of inclusion, cooperation, and solidarity ought to be our primary and urgent task. A consortium of six universities from the United States and Europe (led by Parsons School of Design and KU Leuven) had organized a…

Designing Infrastructures of Inclusion talk_June 26 at 12:00

  Join Prof. Miodrag Mitrasinovic for “Designing Infrastructures of Inclusion” public talk as part of the Public Space Research Group lecture series, at the CUNY Graduate Center. Friday, June 26, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Register HERE

2020: A Year without Public Space under the COVID-19 Pandemic

Join Prof. Miodrag Mitrasinovic, and the Public Space Lab, for series of exciting events and workshops co-organized by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Journal of Public Space, Urban@Parsons, and other global partners. Check here regularly for updates and links to the events. Provisional schedule is below. For registration, go here. Recordings of past events…

Homeless Can’t Stay Home: A COVID-19 Rapid Response Collaborative Campaign

ONLINE PANEL Tuesday, April 28, 6:00-7:30 pm Online | Zoom REGISTER As New York continues to battle the COVID-19 crisis, Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio still have no plan to rehouse and protect homeless New Yorkers. While hundreds of thousands of apartments and hotel rooms go empty and citizens are told to stay at home, homeless New…

NYC/Barcelona Learning From Tenant Protections and Rent Regulation Panel

The fight for tenant rights and rent regulation is unifying tenants and housing justice advocates across global cities. Out of these new coalitions, housing activists are rising to lead ambitious tenant campaigns and housing policy platforms. Some are taking public offices to drive reform while others push for new laws through grassroots organizing. This panel…

United for Housing: Reclaiming local cooperativism in Sunset Park in Paris

MS Design and Urban Ecologies’ project United for Housing: Reclaiming local cooperativism in Sunset Park will be exhibited at the National Museum of History of Immigration at the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris this month. United for Housing is part of a multi-year community developed by three cohorts of the MS Design and Urban Ecologies program in…

AT HOME IN UTOPIA – Documentary Film by Michal Goldman

AT HOME IN UTOPIA Documentary Film by Michal Goldman In the mid-1920s, thousands of immigrant Jewish garment workers catapulted themselves out of the urban slums and ghettos by pooling their resources and building cooperatively owned and run apartment complexes in the Bronx. Adjacent to the newly opened subway corridor and in the midst of empty…

United for Housing: Cooperative and Community-Led Housing

Please join us for a conversation between local activists, academics, and housing experts working towards a system of cooperative and community-led housing in New York. The event will be introduced by Gabriela Rendón, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Community Development, and moderated by Kevin McQueen, Adjunct Professor of Nonprofit Management, Public, and Urban Policy.…

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