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

Reorienting Urban Futures at Urban@Parsons

Join the final presentations of Class 2022 of the MS Design and Urban Ecologies on Tuesday, May 3rd, from 12:00 to 5:30pm in Room 404, 66 W 12th Street, New York, NY. For more information, please take a look to the agenda below. If you can’t make it in person, join us via zoom: Join…

Urban Colloquium 2: Alumni Panel, April 27 @ 4PM

As part of the Urban Colloquium 2 guest talks, we are hosting the alumni panel and discussion on Critical Urban Praxis, on April 27 at 4pm. This event will take place on campus and also online. Room TBA. Zoom link: https://NewSchool.zoom.us/j/97922827400   Guest panelists:  Sabrina Dorsainvil, Director of Civic Design, Mayor’s Office of New Urban…

Little Pakistan – Future Histories: Sana Akram, 2021

DUE alumna Sana Akram’s documentary film “Little Pakistan – Future Histories” has won the “Best Brooklyn Project” award by the Brooklyn Film festival, and also has recently been awarded the Best Interactive Documentary at the Society for Visual Anthropology Film & Media Festival, which is held in conjunction with American Anthropological Association’s annual conference. More…

disorienting plans, curated by Andrea Ancira and Gabriela López Dena: March 14 – April 15 @ Aronson Gallery

Curated by Andrea Ancira and DUE alumna Gabriela López Dena March 14 – April 15 @ Aronson Gallery, 66 Fifth Ave New York, NY Is planning for a feminist city possible? What would that process look like? What skills and knowledge would it require? How could interactions between bodies configure new forms of inhabiting a…

Urban Colloquium 2 Guest Lecture: Bridget Fisher, April 13 @ 4PM

Bridget Fisher is a researcher and communications specialist with a background in government and public affairs. Before joining SCEPA, she was a senior press officer in The New School’s communications department working with social science departments across the university. She came to higher education from government. In New York, she served as chief of staff…

Against Housing Dispossession Panel: March 29th @ 6:00PM

AGAINST HOUSING DISPOSSESSION: RESISTANCE NARRATIVES, CARTOGRAPHIES, AND PRACTICES PANEL DISCUSSION Tuesday, March 29th, 6:00-8:00pm, Room UL105, University Center, 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. Forced evictions have created unprecedented trauma and damage across communities with the commodification of housing, the financialization of cities, and the continuous economic crises. This panel explores the anti-gentrification efforts of residents…

Urban Colloquium 2 Guest Lecture: Pilar Finuccio, March 2 @ 5:30PM

Pilar Finuccio was born and raised in Miami, FL. She is the daughter of a Cuban American family, the guardian of a dog named Roz, and a celebrator of all things subtropical. She studied graphic design at North Carolina State University and social design at the School of Visual Arts. Currently, she works as a…

Urban Colloquium 2 Guest Lecture: Hendrik Tieben, February 16 @ 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…

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…

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