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TUP + DUE THESIS BOOKLET 2018

The MS Design and Urban Ecologies and MS Theories of Urban Practice Class 2018 collectively produced a body of work transforming cities across different continents, including Colon in Panama, Christ Church in Barbados, Brasilia in Brazil, Chennai in India, Lahore in Pakistan, as well as San Antonio, Los Angeles, North Carolina, the San Francisco Bay…

THE SUNSET PARK GAZETTE VOL. 2: THE HOUSING ISSUE

The Sunset Park Gazette is a free publication developed by graduate students from the MS Design and Urban Ecologies Program in collaboration with community members and local organizations. This neighborhood gazette is the outcome of the second stage of a long-term research- and design-based project focused in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park. In this volume particular attention…

SHIFTING URBAN ECOLOGIES IN SAN ROQUE, QUITO, ECUADOR THESIS PROJECT

Centering on critical urban issues such as gentrification, displacement, housing, property rights, crime, poverty, education, economy, informality and discrimination by race, gender and age, the San Roque Thesis Collective, composed of six students from the MS in Design and Urban Ecologies and two students from the MA in Theories of Urban Practice, dedicated a full…

HONG KONG GLOBAL URBAN STUDIO

Student work developed as part of the Global Urban Studio 2016 co-led by Parsons urban faculty Miodrag Mitrasinovic and Victoria Marshall. Students from the MS Design and Urban Ecologies, the MFA Transdisciplinary Design and the Master in Architecture participated and collaborated with students from the MDES Urban Environments Design program at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.…

TUP + DUE THESIS BOOKLET 2017

The MS Design and Urban Ecologies and MA Theories of Urban Practice Class of 2017 collectively produced a body of work that spans both sides of the world. From India and Pakistan to Colombia to New York and Charlotte, North Carolina, this cohort details extensive information about urban infrastructures around the world.  

SUNSET PARK GAZETTE

The Sunset Park Gazette is a free publication developed by graduate students from the MS Design and Urban Ecologies Program in collaboration with community members and local organizations. This neighborhood gazette is the outcome of the first stage of a long-term research- and design-based project focused in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park. In this volume particular attention…

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The application deadline is January 1. To be most competitive for admission and merit scholarship consideration, please apply before the deadline. We will continue to review applications submitted after the January 1 priority deadline pending space availability in the program. The Admission Committee will make a decision on your application only after all the required materials have been received. Spring term admission is not offered for this program.

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Sana (Class of 2020) is a Fulbright Scholarship Grantee from Pakistan interested in exploring the notion of an architect as a ‘storyteller’. Belonging to the culturally diverse and historically rich city of Lahore, her experiences and observations from childhood through Architecture School led to multi-faceted questions over ‘image of the city’, the inevitable changes to it with time, the repercussions these changes bring forth within the character of the city and how this phenomenon influences people; their identity and a sense of belonging. This coupled with an interest in theatre, photography and ‘architecture in performance’ culminated in her desire to study urban narratives.

Sana believes that the opportunities offered at MS Design & Urban Ecologies program at Parsons make the program a breeding ground for innovation. Her long term goal is to establish a research based studio practice in Pakistan comprised of like-minded individuals exploring cross-disciplinary initiatives for innovative design methodologies well-suited for contemporary cities of the world.

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Mariana (Class of 2020), is a Brazilian Architect and Urban Planner who graduated from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. After finishing her undergrad degree in Brazil, she moved to New York City where she joined the Design and Urban Ecologies Master’s Program at Parsons School of Design. She has always been passionate about Ecology and Green Infrastructure. She strongly believes that the ecosystem we live in is a cycle, therefore trash and residues can not be interpreted as the final stage. She aims to change our perspective and connection to environmental waste in order to understand how we can coexist peacefully with natural systems.

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Daniel (Class of 2019) is a recent graduate of the Amsterdam University College, where he graduated (Honours) in Environmental Sciences. Throughout his education, he attended schools and universities in a variety of countries and cultures (The Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, China, USA), which increased his interest in cities as both a manifestation of global socio-, eco- and political problems and developments, as well as a possible instrument for cooperative, (inter)national change. In combination with the importance of design as a tool to shape the urban environment, he is currently pursuing a Master degree in Design and Urban Ecologies at the Parsons School of Design, with the intention to learn more about addressing global problematic trends and the role of the local urban landscape within those trends.

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Kevin (Class of 2019) is a graduate of the University of Calgary, where he received his and BA (Honours) in International Development and BA in Urban Studies. Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, he relocated to New York City to pursue his MS in Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons School of Design – The New School. He is foremost a designer—acknowledging design’s prescriptive role in alleviating pressing social issues. During his undergrad, he became curious about the intersection of urban issues and international development. Kevin aspires to strike a balance between his passion of design methodologies and community engagement, being heavily involved in the realms of student advocacy, civic engagement, campus mental health, and youth volunteerism.

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Jacqueline (Class of 2020) is an urban thinker with an academic background in Architecture and Urban Design. She developed her career between Mexico and Italy, where she worked on urban planning and design, public spaces, sustainable mobility and participatory design at different Mexican Government Institutions, and at the international firms MIC Mobility in Chain (Italy) and Carlo Ratti Associati (Italy).

As a creative urbanist, Jacqueline’s passion focuses on designing strategies and projects with an integrated approach, using both everyday tools and breakthrough technologies to develop a balanced and equitable society and preserve our environment. 
Jacqueline is now based in Brooklyn, NYC where she co-founded CITAD, a design collective that aims to improve the urban experience for everyone. CITAD was a 2018 Public Access Design Fellow at the Center for Urban Pedagogy.

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What can anyone really say other than, Akiera (Class of 2020) is a Caribbean-gyal baddie, saucy community strategist and galactic spatial visionary. Based in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, as well as, hailing from Grenada, West Indies, Akiera is a quirky, definition of loving, breathing and all up in your face Black eco-womanist magic. With her many interests both entangled and in conversation with ideas on Spatial Toxicity, Bio-politics, Post-Humanism, genetically designed babies, Environmental Decay, Liberation Politics, Human Geography, Speculative Fiction and Disaster and Emergency Management, Akiera brings to her professional work an array of vibrant intersectional praxis.

Professionally, she has done work in tenant justice and youth organizing; while in the same breath, continues to generate and plan strategic spaces for folks of color to organize, talk intentional tea and love-up on each other. As she evolves and metaphorize as a spatial visionary, Akiera looks forward for this program to provide her with the technical skills that come along with being an untraditional urban strategist.

Gillian (Class of 2019) is a recent graduate of The University of Western Ontario, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Development. She then spent time working for Waterfront Toronto, a company dedicated toward the revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront, where she became inspired to delve deeper into learning about the design aspects of built environments. At Parsons, she hopes to learn about how design interventions affect the urban social landscape, and what steps should be taken in design processes to enhance cities social, physical and natural environments.

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Obi (Class of 2020), originally from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, graduated from Carnegie Mellon University where she majored in Civil Engineering. Having spent significant time staying in Nigeria with her extended family, she became inspired to pursue urban design and green infrastructure from a young age. Now, Obi is pursuing her Master’s in the Design and Urban Ecologies from Parsons School of Design. She hopes to develop city planning skills that promotes economic and housing justice and challenge conventional planning theory. Through curriculum, leadership in student organizations supporting professional civil engineers, and experience taking diverse humanities classes while studying abroad, she has an interdisciplinary outlook on urban design and looks forward to pursuing this with her cohort this coming fall.

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Ana (Class of 2020) has an undergraduate degree in Economics, and a 4-year experience in a B-Corporation in Brazil. The discussions about positive impact and sustainability in the business realm have drawn her to pursue the masters of Design and Urban Ecologies. Her personal experience of the water drought in the city of São Paulo in the year of 2015, has led her to more specific research on disaster preparedness and resiliency.

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Steve (Class of 2020) is a graduate student at Parsons School of Design (MFA Design + Technology and MS Design & Urban Ecologies). Before coming to Parsons, Steve spent two years working at a maker-space, and gained hands on experience working with prototyping and custom fabrication. He loves metal work, wood work, welding, CNC operations, and lasers. He also loves drawing cartoons. Steve is a veteran of the USMC infantry, where he did lots of cool stuff but got rained on a lot.

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Gemma (Class of 2019) is a New Yorker pursuing an M.S. in Design and Urban Ecologies. She has a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Green Building and Community Design from the University of Vermont. Her research focuses on urbanization as the materialization of, and site for, social and cultural production, the impact of global and informal economies, and the processes that shape domestic and public life in cities. She has previously worked as a carpenter, expeditor, curatorial assistant, and a waitress.

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Julianna (Class of 2019) has a Bachelor degree in Architecture and Urbanism from Brazil, and she has a huge passion for public spaces and cities. This passion led her to choose a program dealing with these matters in a contemporary and innovative way, so that she could create knowledge and a strong basis for her professional development. Being passionate and curious about cities, she chose New York to deepen her studies. And consequently, to deepen herself in new experience and knowledge. This way, she continues to learn day by day, exploring the unknown, growing personally as well as professionally in an extremely critical and interesting program, which has awakened new insights and understandings about cities, people and the urban planning processes that occur daily.

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Born in New York City, Isaac (Class of 2019) is a documentary filmmaker and co-founder of educational non-profit ENGN (“engine”) Civic Creative Center.
His work focuses on human connection and non-violent communication to support relationships between local and global neighbors through film projects, community organizing and intergenerational curriculum development between schools and local government. Isaac has a BFA in Interdisciplinary sculpture from MICA in Baltimore, and serves as part-time faculty at Parsons, The New School. He has also served on various governmental, planning, non-profit and community boards as well as served as a volunteer fireman.

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Callan (Class of 2020) grew up in San Diego, California and has an academic background in Environmental Science and Economics from UC Santa Cruz. She has eight years of experience in the non-profit sector with an emphasis on education, social & community development, youth empowerment and social justice. She has lived and worked most recently within urban townships in Cape Town, South Africa, collaboratively addressing education and health disparities in high-poverty urban environments.

Callan is most passionate about working with youth, who, over the years, have gifted her with a hopeful and resilient outlook on life tempered only by a sense of urgency to fundamentally reshape our collective approach to poverty and urbanization that will, in turn, positively impact education, health, and collective well-being. She hopes to gain tangible skills to aid her continued work in Sub-Saharan Africa and believes that, with intelligent design and a fundamental understanding of social and cultural systems, continued urbanization in high poverty environments does not necessitate living without access to basic human rights.

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Before coming to Parsons, Regis (Class of 2020) graduated cum laude with a BSc in Governance, Economics and Development from Leiden University Honors College in The Hague, the Netherlands. In addition, he completed a studio-based minor in visual arts and curatorship at the Australian National University in Canberra. Throughout his studies, Regis developed a strong interest in developing urban strategies concerned with sustainable infrastructure planning, public health promotion and democratic spaces for activism in the public sphere.

Next to his academic pursuits, Regis has been involved in community-based work, teaching at a first-generation immigrant language center and local high schools. Following his BSc degree, Regis interned at Human Rights Watch in Amsterdam. During his internship at We Are Public in The Hague, Regis further developed his passion for theater and production work. Regis’s photography and painting has been featured in several local exhibitions.

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Amy (Class of 2020) was born in a multi-cultural home: she is half Romanian – half Palestinian. She represents the Fulbright Jordan program in Manhattan. She spent her life experiencing foreign exchange programs in South Korea, Jordan, Germany, Italy and UK. Amy considers herself a junior urbanist and a passionate architect. She believes in participatory design and in design as a key to alter human behavior. She practiced urban planning and urban design in Munich, Germany and Amman, Jordan for around three years. Through her work she focused on public space design and social equity. Amy strives to get outside her comfort zone and try new things! Studying at the New School, she hopes to enrich her experience in social sciences and urban methods.

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Alie (Class of 2019) was born and raised in Portland, OR. She attended The University of Montana in Missoula where she received a bachelor’s in radio/television journalism, and minors in media arts and women’s & gender studies. After graduating in 2011, she moved to Austin, TX where she worked as a graphic designer in the music industry. During this time, she became an avid cyclist and started working in transportation advocacy, generating cyclist awareness and combating drinking and driving. In 2015, she moved back to Portland where she continued playing a leading roll in the local bike scene and worked in marketing & advertising at the local alternative newspaper. After seeing a pattern in her life of advocacy and the pursuit of just cities, in 2017 she joined the Design and Urban Ecologies MS program. Alie currently works at the Department of Transportation in their public art program and her research focuses on mapping the embodied experience of moving through public space.

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Sarah (Class of 2019) most recently lived and worked in Pittsburgh, PA as a data visualization specialist, a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analyst and briefly in tech before moving to New York. She has served on volunteer boards related to pedestrian and bicycle advocacy, community-oriented public space, and Complete Streets. Sarah is interested in the ways that the urban form and public life of cities can be changed from the bottom-up by amplifying voices that are often ignored in traditional development schemes, and she hopes to turn a critical eye to the ways cities and person-to-person interaction will be shaped by emerging technologies. She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies and History (dual-major) from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons The New School.

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Dongyao (Class of 2019) obtained a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture in China before entering the New School for MS Design and Urban Ecologies program. In her undergraduate career, she gradually became interested in the role of urban landscape in the whole city environment, and broadening the definition of ‘ landscape’ from an urban perspective. With that in mind, she came to DUE program at Parsons in New York City. The program offers a great opportunity to obtain specialized knowledge on urban issues and to learn how to cope with emerging problems in the development of cities.

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Khadija (Class of 2019) recently moved from Islamabad to New York to pursue her graduate studies at Parsons. Having earned her Bachelor’s in Architecture from National University of Science and Technology, Pakistan, she has also practiced as an architect for 2 years on various scales of mixed-use design and development and the first LEED (USGBC Certification) Office building in Pakistan. An architect by profession and an aspiring urbanist, she is particularly interested in exploring transportation and infrastructure as skeleton of the megacities today and studying them through lens of pressing issues like sustainability and resiliency. Coming from a country where mass transit planning is only just blossoming, she aspires to gain skills that enunciate sensitivity towards transit design and advocates the repercussions of unplanned mega projects on the city’s spatial and non-spatial structure. She aims to continue her research on the inter-dependencies of the fabric of buildings, landscapes, public centers and the social phenomenon that shape them.

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Aditi (Class of 2020) is a Community Architect and Urbanist from India. She has previously worked with Urbz, Nivasa Ngo, MESN and MHSCity lab on housing issues in urban and rural areas across India. She is passionate about housing rights and access in low income neighborhoods, rental laws, housing policy and regulations. She is currently pursuing a degree in the Design and Urban Ecologies program to gain a nuanced understanding of shelter needs around the world. In her free time Aditi is mostly seen conversing with imaginary worlds run by all genders and aspires to be there one day.

Grace (Class of 2019) is a social scientist, born and raised in the DMV. She has a double B.S. in Neurobiology/Physiology and Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Prior to attending Parsons, she worked in pediatric public health research at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where she managed a study on the impact of public policies and the economy on the health, nutrition, and development of infants and toddlers, and an interdisciplinary feeding clinic for children diagnosed with failure to thrive. While she originally wanted to attend medical school, Grace was more focused on the health inequities of surrounding communities, established by the social determinants of health, than the type of healthcare she wanted to provide. She was also troubled by voice and representation in social science research and the tendency for academia to collect narratives based on pain.

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Claudia (Class of 2019) is a recent graduate of the Amsterdam University College, where she received her honours BSc in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a focus on environmental sciences and sustainable development. Growing up in a rural town, but moving to Amsterdam for her undergrad allowed her to appreciate the rural as well as the urban. During her semester abroad at Quest University Canada she became increasingly interested in studying cities. She is especially interested in the city as an ecosystem, both for humans and for other species. While she has been studying urban ecology from a non-human perspective for the past year and a half, she came to New York to explore human ecosystems. She hopes to learn more about how we can improve the human environment of cities, both socially and physically, by reconciling the urban environment with its natural history.

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Maanasa (Class of 2020) is a formally trained architect turned service designer and strategist. She aims to develop her career at the intersection of public sector innovation, strategic design, and technology. Before joining The New School, Maanasa worked for the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS, Bangalore) as a researcher. One of the projects she worked on, as a part of IIHS, was a Healthcare Infrastructure Guideline Book for the Government of Karnataka, India. Public health centers across the state used the guide-book to design-build Primary Health centers without having to invest in architects or developers for each project eventually helping to cut costs. As a design strategist, Maanasa’s passion lies in creating economically feasible design solutions for the growing problems that cities face. Maanasa is currently working as a research assistant at parson’s Healthy Materials Lab.

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Rosella (Class of 2019) is an Urban Planning, Design and Management Undergraduate who grew up in Vienna, Austria and moved to the United Kingdom at the age of 16 where she finished boarding school in 2012. She has been living in different cities ever since and has always been fascinated by how different each city has developed and why all those cities have grown in such ways. As a result she decided to take on a gap year where she worked in different sectors of the built environment in order to help her decide what subject to pursue for her studies, settling on urban planning in the end. After her undergraduate, she was eager to practice urban planning further and was enthusiastic to dive into the more ecological subject matter. She hopes to deepen her understanding for the future of cities and what valuable roles networks play in them. Furthermore the struggle of affordable housing and homelessness particularly fascinates her. She hopes to  work with these vulnerable groups more to unravel and understand their housing struggle.

Alfonso (Class of 2020) did not consider himself academically successful while growing up, so he decided to make up for it by pursuing two bachelor degrees: a Bachelor of Science with a Business major in Marketing and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Adamson University and De La Salle University respectively. It is quite a feat for someone who could barely keep his attention at schoolwork. He knew that education is and will always be the greatest equalizer.

Alfonso worked for five and a half years as a Special and Confidential Assistant to the Chairman and Administrator of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, a former US Naval Base converted into a premier Freeport and economic zone in the Philippines, serving two successive administrations. After gaining plentiful experience in this position; he realized that he needed a new challenge in his life and joined Parsons.

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Manon (Class of 2019) is an urbanist-turned-activist by way of living in cities under severe housing crises. Prior to joining Parsons, she worked as a tenant organizer and helped develop a childcare worker cooperative in Brooklyn. She firmly believes that directly impacted communities are expert problem-solvers and that her work should follow their leadership. While in the MS for Design & Urban Ecologies, she hopes to develop research and multimedia tools to support grassroots organizing efforts. She also hopes to deepen her understanding of how neighborhood displacement patterns are the result of global neoliberal forces and speculative real estate.

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Abby (Class of 2019) is a civic practice artist and urbanist who arrived in New York this year by way of Washington, DC. Before Parsons, Abby worked as an educator, theatre director, and cultural organizer. Recent work includes the Connectivity Associate at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company (D.C.), Project Manager at Sheldon Scott Studios (D.C.), and founding member of FYI: For Youth Inquiry (Chicago), an organization that creates participatory theatre about sexual health and violence with and for young people. Abby is interested in questions of urban participation and resilience.