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

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…

Public Space Lab: Public space in the age of COVID-19 pandemic

Public Space Lab: Public space in the age of COVID-19 pandemic FALL 2020 / PSDS 5508 / CRN 3624 Prof. Miodrag Mitrasinovic After Tahrir Square, Occupy Wall Street, The Umbrella Movement, and other mass protests which have placed the relation between public space and democracy back into the world’s focus, we are now facing deserted…

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.…

Insurgent Urbanism: Inhabiting Places of Oblivion

Please join us for a public lecture from Biennale Urbana, hosted by Parsons Urban Graduate Programs and the Prof. Miodrag Mitrasinovic’s Public Space Lab class. Monday, November 18th 5:45pm The New School – Parsons School of Design 2 W. 13th Street, Room 1108 New York, NY 10003  

Celebrating Urban @ The New School

Urban @ The New School celebrates 100 years of the New School in New York and provides reflections on the past, present, and future of six academic programs that constitute Urban @ The New School. In bringing together students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests with interest in urban studies, urbanism, urban policy and planning, and…

Urban@Parsons Presents Urban On Stage with Left Forum

Please join us for a conversation between Marika Dias, Director of the Tenant Rights Coalition, Legal Services NYC and Brittany Thomas, Bertha Justice Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights in NYC. The event will be introduced by Miguel Robles-Durán, Associate Professor of Urbanism and moderated by Nahal Zamani, Advocacy Program Manager at the Center…

Shaping Critical Urban Practices: Panels and Thesis Exhibition

Please join us at the Bushwick Generator on Tuesday, May 14th for an exhibition showcasing the thesis projects of our students graduating from the MS Design and Urban Ecologies and the MA Theories of Urban Practice programs. The event features an open gallery, panel discussions as well as media screenings including films produced by our…

Disturbanist Discourse 4.0: Critical Approaches to Challenging Normalized Urban Processes

The Reunion Hub.Up is bringing back the beloved Disturbanist Discourse: a night of presentations, discussion, and celebration featuring recent graduates of the Parsons Theories of Urban Practice (MA) and Design and Urban Ecologies (MS) programs. Together, we will build connections between students & future colleagues who see their work as ‘disturbing’ standard methods of practices,…

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