CURRENT AND PAST EVENTS & NEWS

Cities After… Bi-monthly podcast hosted by 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.

COHSTRA featured in the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021

Profs. Gabriela Rendon and Miguel Robles-Durán, and their cooperative Cohabitation Strategies (COHSTRA), have been featured in the Venice Architecture Biennale 2021. From the exhibition catalog: The constant exploitation of urban communities and the planet enables the current state of urbanization. It is capitalism’s tendency to pursue what Marx called “the enforced destruction of a mass…

SEEKING ALTERNATIVE URBANITIES—THESIS PRESENTATIONS 2021 COHORT, MAY 3, 9AM-4PM

SEEKING ALTERNATIVE URBANITIES Join us for a day of discussions and celebrations of the work of the 2021 graduating cohort of MA Theories of Urban Practice and MS Design and Urban Ecologies programs! MAY 3, 9AM-4PM Register in advance for this event: Zoom Link: https://NewSchool.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMtf-GgrjkiHdwhsaHnibFmR0E1YcLfex0e See 2021 Thesis Book here. [9:00-9:15am] Introduction to Thesis Works/Conversations…

Urban Colloquium 2 Guest Lecture: Sabrina Dorsainvil, April 21 @ 4PM

Sabrina Dorsainvil is Director of Civic Design in Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics in Boston, MA. Sabrina is fascinated by people: the way they move, speak, touch, interact and experience environments, objects and each other. She brings this lens to her work as a designer and illustrator; from playful drawings to human centered design…

Other New Deals lecture series, April 9, 4-6PM

Other New Deals lecture series Marshall Plan Part II: Farming Next Rural Trade Relationships Friday, April 9, 2021 4-6PM Join us for a continuation of our Other New Deals conversation surrounding a Marshall Plan for Rural America, started on February 26th. We are going to dig deeper into the pathways between urban-rural farming practices and how they…

BUILDING COOPERATIVE MOVEMENTS FOR INCLUSIVE FUTURES, APRIL 8, 7:30- 9PM

BUILDING COOPERATIVE MOVEMENTS FOR INCLUSIVE FUTURES ONLINE PANEL THURSDAY, APRIL 8 7:30 – 9:00 PM (EST) ONLINE / ZOOM REGISTER HERE Community Land Trusts are a growing movement and effective alternative to the overpowering private real estate market. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility of the housing markets and their declining public housing options.…

MOBILIZING AGAINST EVICTION WAVE, MARCH 4, 7:30-9PM

MOBILIZING AGAINST EVICTION WAVE: PANEL DISCUSSION ON EVICTION MORATORIUM, CANCEL RENT, AND OTHER TENANT PROTECTION EFFORTS THURSDAY, MARCH 4 7:30 – 9:00 PM ONLINE / ZOOM REGISTER HERE Housing insecurity has been exacerbated by the economic impact of the pandemic. Tens of thousands of New Yorkers currently face the inability to pay rent, harassment from…

Urban Colloquium 2 Guest Lecture: Ana Džokić and Marc Neelen, March 3 @ 4PM

STEALTH.unlimited (2000, Rotterdam/Belgrade) is an internationally active spatial practice led by Ana Džokić and Marc Neelen. Although initially trained as architects, for over 15 years their work is equally based in the context of contemporary art and culture. Through intensive collaboration with individuals, organizations and institutions, STEALTH connects urban research, visual arts, spatial interventions and…

Urban Colloquium 2 Guest Lecture: Clair Beltran, February 24 @ 4PM

Clair Beltran Clair Beltran is CUP’s Program Coordinator. Clair has been involved in a number of important CUP programs, including Get Support In Housing Court, Figuring Out FEMA, and Parents Rights During Covid19. She is a graduate of Middlebury College where she studied Architecture and Geography, and her interest is in the intersections of sociology,…

Jilly Traganou interviewed by Failed Architecture

Failed Architecture editor Joshua McWhirter (TUP 2016) interviewed Prof. Jilly Traganou, editor of the recently published book “Design and Political Dissent: Spaces, Visuals, Materialities.” Near the end of a year filled with mass protests on streets across the United States and the world, Prof. Traganou talks about some of book’s themes and their significance during…

DECADE OF FIRE: STAY-FIGHT-BUILD, February 11, 7-8:30PM

DECADE OF FIRE: STAY-FIGHT-BUILD SCREENING AND DISCUSSION DOCUMENTARY FILM BY VIVIAN VAZQUEZ IRIZARRY, GRETCHEN HILDEBRAN, JULIA ALLEN, AND NEYDA MARTINEZ WATCH ONLINE SCREENING: February 2-11 JOIN ONLINE DISCUSSION: Thursday, February 11, 7:00-8:30pm REGISTER HERE Please register to receive the links to access the documentary film and to join the discussion. Throughout the 1970’s, fires consumed the South…

China Made: Techno-politics, materialities, and legacies of infrastructure development, February 10, 10-11:30AM

Date and time: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 10:00 – 11:30 AM (US EST) For event REGISTRATION, follow this link. The China Made project seeks to build an innovative research agenda for an infrastructural approach in the China Studies field. We approach infrastructure as both an empirically rich material object of research and an analytical strategy…

PUSH/The housing activist discussion, February 1, 7-8:30 PM

PUSH/THE FILM DOCUMENTARY SCREENING AND HOUSING ACTIVIST DISCUSSION THIS EVENT WAS ORGANIZED BY STUDENTS FROM THE MS DESIGN AND URBAN ECOLOGIES PROGRAM, PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN, IN COLLABORATION WITH STUDENTS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH ONLINE/ZOOM SCREENING: JANUARY 24 – FEBRUARY 6 DISCUSSION: FEBRUARY 1, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Global finance is profiting handsomely from…

Urban Colloquium 2 talk: Alex Schafran, February 12 @ 4-6PM

The Spatial Contract: A New Politics of Provisions for an Urbanized Planet Alex Schafran, a writer, urban planner, geographer, educator, researcher and activist, and Lecturer at the University of Leeds, UK. Schafran’s work focuses on issues of housing, racial segregation and the broader politics of urbanization. His publications include “The road to resegregation: Northern California…

Urban Colloquium 2 Lecture: Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, February 8 @ 6PM

Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman are principals in Estudio Teddy Cruz + Fonna Forman, a research-based political and architectural practice in San Diego transgressing conventional boundaries between theory and practice, and merging the fields of architecture and urbanism, political theory and urban policy. The practice investigates issues of informal urbanization, civic infrastructure, and public culture,…

Urban Colloquium 2 Guest Lecture: Hendrik Tieben, February 3 @ 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…

Urban Colloquium 2 Guest Lecture: Ana Fisyak, January 27 @ 4PM

Ana Fisyak is an urban planner, researcher, and nonprofit strategist dedicated to a community-based approach. She has provided technical assistance for NYC communities and CBOs for over a decade, especially collaborating with organizations in low-income communities of color and environmental justice areas. She specializes in taking ambitious ideas to fruition—whether starting a new community hub…

2020: A Year Without Public Space ONLINE CONFERENCE, 6-7 November 2020

2020: A Year Without Public Space ONLINE CONFERENCE, will take place on 6-7 November 2020. This conference follows a successful series of webinars on the topic which took place between May and October 2020. The conference is organized by City Space Architecture and School of Architecture at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, in partnership…

Rebuilding Communities After Covid-19_October 8, 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Thursday, October 8, 5:00 to 7:00 pm ONLINE/ZOOM REGISTER HERE It has been widely acknowledged that under-served and immigrant communities have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic. As the effects of the virus unfold, community leaders and organizations are assessing the damage, confronting unprecedented challenges, and building capacity to plan and implement recovery efforts. This…

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…

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…

TUP Alumni Fadi Shayya and Kevin Rogan Published in Failed Architecture

Congratulations to alumni Fadi Shayya (TUP ‘16) and Kevin Rogan (TUP ‘19) who were both recently published in Failed Architecture “Architecture is Never non-Political”: Michael Sorkin by Fadi Shayya The City and The City and Coronavirus by Kevin Rogan

DUE Students Maanasa Sivashankar and Akiera Charles Receive 2020 Tishman Scholarship

Maanasa Sivashankar (DUE 20) and Akiera Charles (DUE 20) are the recipients of the 2020 Tishman Scholarship, awarded annually to students whose work exemplifies the University’s commitment to sustainable development, design, and construction.

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…

Aditi Nair (MS DUE ’20)  co-authored a paper on “Self-redevelopment as a model for Mumbai’s housing crisis”

Aditi Nair (MS DUE ’20)  co-authored a paper on “Self-redevelopment as a model for Mumbai’s housing crisis”, along with Rohit Lahoti (UCL ’20). The paper has been published in the Mumbai Reader ’19.

Jessica Serrante, DUE ’18 Alum, is featured in the New York Times

DUE Alum Jessica Serrante and her work with the Radical Support Collective were featured in the New York Times earlier this month. Jessica is a leadership coach, community organizer and urbanist and is interested in supporting movements for climate justice and urban resilience through design, facilitation, coaching and organizing. She received her MS in Design…

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…

DUE Alum Eduarda Aun’s Online Platform Espaço Público is Ready to Serve Communities

We are proud to announce that MS DUE alumna Eduarda Aun’s online platform, Espaço Público (Public Space), it is now ready to serve communities and has been featured on Archdaily Brasil. Eduarda started this project during the last year of the MS in Design and Urban Ecologies as part of her thesis project. After graduation,…

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,…

Participatory Theater for Social Change with Nik Zaleski

Please join Urban@Parsons for an embodied workshop with Nik Zaleski that will apply performance strategies to organizing, activism and movement building efforts. It will combine storytelling exercises with game-based methods from a multitude of performance platforms including Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed, creative drama and improvisational theater. The workshop will orient participants to the…

The Art of Resistance: An Artists Forum on Race, New Media, Technology and Placekeeping in the Global City

Urban@Parsons co-sponsored a public forum on March 7th together with Global Studies, Lang Civic Liberal Arts, Lang Gender Studies, Parsons First Year and Parsons SDS/ADHT Design/Urban Activism Practices. The forum was moderated by Professor Laura Y. Liu of Global Studies at The New School. The speakers included Stephanie Dinkins, transdisciplinary artist, Betty Yu, the co-founder…

Beautiful Trouble Seminar and Workshop

Training director Nadine Bloch got active and aspiring activists into some Beautiful Trouble at two events hosted by Urban@Parsons. Nadine is an innovative artist, nonviolent action practitioner, political organizer, direct-action trainer, and puppetista. She combines the principles and strategies of people-power with creative use of the arts in cultural resistance and public protest. On the…

Urban Students’ Take On Monument Avenue

MS Design and Urban Ecologies and MA Theories of Urban Practice students from the Urban History Lab course led by Professor Joseph Heathcott in Fall 2018, have been named as finalists in the national competition to re-imagine Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia.  A National Landmark, Monument Avenue features a series of statues glorifying the Confederacy…

Reclaiming and Realizing the Right to Housing

United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Leilani Farha, will visit the Graduate Urban Programs at Parsons, The New School for a conversation with Professor Miguel Robles-Duran on the #MakeTheShift campaign and her work and challenges on reclaiming and realizing the right to housing. Housing and real estate markets worldwide have been…

Cooperative Cities: Feminist, Social, & Emancipatory

Please join us for the launch of Volume 9 of the Journal of Design Strategies, Cooperative Cities, which provides a critical insight to the way women have conceptualized and fostered the co-production of non hierarchical and cooperative urban practices across cities and nations. We are celebrating their work with a panel discussion involving a transgenerational…

Urban Transformation, Public Space, & Resiliency

Urban Transformation, Public Space, & Resiliency PEZ Estudio, Elisa de los Reyes Garcia Tuesday, September 4, 2018 10:00-11:30 am University Center, 63 5th Ave, room 515, Graduate urban studio Please join the Urban@Parsons programs, at an inspiring lecture by PEZ Estudio, Madrid/Bilbao Spain based design and research collective. One of its co-founders, Elisa de los…

DUE & TUP Spring 2018 Final Reviews: May 7, 9, & 11

Join the Urban Council and the students of the MA Theory of Urban Practice and MS Design of Urban Ecologies as they present their work. Faculty, friends & family, and guests are welcome to attend. MS Design and Urban Ecologies Thesis Monday May 7, 2018 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM UPDATED LOCATION/TIME MA Theories of…

Design & Urban Ecologies Student Organizes Feminist Urbanism Workshop at Interference Archive

As part of her thesis project, Feminist Urbanism, DUE student Gabriela López Dena is organizing a workshop in partnership with Interference Archive and Art and Feminism. Feminist Urbanism is proposed as a five-issue magazine seeking to foster collaboration between existing social, spatial and artistic practices led by women in New York City. The different volumes…