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The Unscripted Potential of Urban Space: The Art of Shandor Hassan

Opinion Piece by Sofia Kavlin   “Waste is not waste until it is wasted.” was the ethos of an eco-village where I briefly lived in the south of the Arava Desert. Sandwiched between Jordan and Egypt, I would wake up at five and rotate between turning a heap of compost some mornings, feeding the biogas…

Urban Colloquium Guest Lecture: Leah Goodridge November 2, 2022 @5 PM

Leah Goodridge was appointed to the New York City Planning Commission in 2021 by Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. Leah is the Managing Attorney for Housing Policy at Mobilization for Justice, where she oversees a team which provides legal representation to tenants in eviction proceedings. Leah also served on the New York City Rent Guidelines Board…

Chase Louden (DUE ’23) selected a 2022-23 Fellow of the Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies

Chase Louden (DUE ’23) has been selected a 2022-23 Fellow of the Robert L. Heilbroner Center for Capitalism Studies at The New School for Social Research. Chandler Louden earned a BA degree in Anthropology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Chandler has developed an interest in community planning with a focus on assisting in the…

Public Space Lab: Ana Traverso-Krejcarek, The Highline Network, October 25 @ 7PM

Public Space Lab, guest talk: Ana Traverso-Krejcarek October 25 @ 7PM Location: L1108, Parsons the New SchoolZoom: https://NewSchool.zoom.us/j/91965245814 Ana Krejcarek is the Senior Manager at The Highline Network, a consortium working to transform underutilized infrastructure into new urban landscapes. Krejcarek is a strong advocate for community development and public spaces, and designs citizen-driven initiatives in…

Public Space Lab: Marcella Del Signore, Urban Machines: Public Space in a Digital Culture, October 11 @ 7PM

Public Space Lab, guest talk: Urban Machines: Public Space in a Digital Culture October 11 @ 7PM Marcella Del Signore is an architect, urbanist, educator, scholar, and the principal of X-Topia, a design-research practice that explores the intersection of architecture and urbanism with technology and the public, social and cultural realm. She is an Associate…

Urban Colloquium Guest Lecture: Martha Kenton October 12, 2022 @ 5PM

Martha Kenton serves as the Executive Director of Federal Homeless Policy at the NYC Department of Social Services. She began her career working in child welfare in Chicago before moving to New York City for graduate school in 2001. After completing her Masters, she joined the NYC Department of Homeless Services focusing on long staying…

Urban History Lab Guest Lecture: M.E O’Brien, October 11, 2022 @ 5PM

M. E. O’Brien writes on gender freedom and communist theory. She co-edits two magazines: Pinko, on gay communism, and Parapraxis, on psychoanalytic theory and politics. Her work on family abolition has been translated into Chinese, German, Greek, French, Spanish, and Turkish. Previously, she coordinated the New York City Trans Oral History Project, and worked in HIV and AIDS activism…

Studio 1 Guest Lecture: Quilian Riano, September 22, 2022 @10 AM

Quilian Riano (pronounced: Killian) is an architectural and urban designer, researcher, writer, and educator. He is the Interim Dean of Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture, working across the school’s architecture, landscape, urban design, planning, and management programs. Quilian founded and leads [DSGN AGNC](http://dsgnagnc.com/), a design studio exploring new forms of political design, engagement processes, urbanism,…

Public Space Lab: Vikas Mehta, September 27 @ 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…

Housing Justice Lab: Lynn Lewis, Oral History as a Tool for Social Justice, September 29, 2022

Lynn Lewis works at the intersection of community organizing, oral history and popular education, focusing on documenting grassroots leadership in social justice movements. Currently, she teaches the Advanced Seminar in Urban and Public Policy and Homelessness and Public Policy course in the Milano School. She received her MA in Oral History from Columbia, after working…

Studio 1 Guest Lecture: Jackson Chabot, September 15, 2022 @10 am

Jackson (He/Him/His) joined Open Plans in June of 2020 and now serves as the Director of Advocacy and Organizing. Jackson has led the advocacy efforts for Open Plan’s proposal to create an Office of Public Space Management (OPSM) that would coordinate efforts across agencies to simplify permitting processes for open streets and other public initiatives.…

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

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: 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…

Infrastructure for the New Social Compact: Lecture by Teddy Cruz, October 27 at 4PM

Infrastructure for the New Social Compact: Lecture by Teddy Cruz October 27 at 4PM Teddy Cruz is recognized internationally for his urban and architectural research of the Tijuana-San Diego border, advancing border immigrant neighborhoods as sites of cultural production, from which to rethink urban policy, affordable housing and civic infrastructure. His investigation of this geography…

Prof. Jilly Traganou in conversation with Walter Hood, “Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America”

Prof. Traganou’s conversation with Walter Hood, one of the authors featured in the MOMA exhibition titled “Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America,” was published in Failed Architecture, an online platform which strives to reconnect architecture with the real world and explore the meaning of architecture in contemporary society.

Prof. Robles-Durán: Urban Practice After the Pandemic Lecture at Cooper Union, October 12

COHABITATION STRATEGIES AND URBAN FRONT: URBAN PRACTICE AFTER THE PANDEMIC TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2021, 12-2PM Prof. Miguel Robles-Durán will lecture at the Cooper Union on OCTOBER 12, as part of the lecture series Pluriversal, Bewildered and Otherwise. Miguel Robles-Durán is an urbanist with expertise in urban political-ecology and the design/analysis of complex urban systems. He…

Prof. Jilly Traganou in conversation with Olalekan Jeyifous, “Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America”

Prof. Traganou’s coversation with Olalekan Jeyifous, one of the authors featured in the MOMA exhibition titled “Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America,” was published in Platform, an open digital venue for exchanging new ideas about working with, researching, teaching, and writing about buildings, spaces, and landscapes.

Prof. Miodrag Mitrašinović Publishes Two New Books Exploring Public Spaces and the Public Realm

The New School News publishes an article about Prof. Mitrašinović’s two new books exploring public spaces and the public realm, both published by Routledge in 2021.

Cities After… Bi-monthly podcast hosted by Prof. 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…