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Culture and Place

The design and production of informal settlements, such as this one in Jaipur, India, is poorly understood by mainstream designers and are often excellent examples of innovation, resourcefulness, and low-impact lifestyles.

The Master of Arts in Theories of Urban Practice provides an innovative academic route for students with a background in art, media, architecture, design, environmental and urban studies, liberal arts, or social science who are interested in studying the design of cities and urban systems.

Students acquire analytical, theoretical, and methodological knowledge and skills and conduct innovative and advanced academic work.

By questioning fundamental assumptions about cities, students gain a sophisticated understanding of how they are actually shaped and how they function. Learning occurs in interactive, intensive small-group settings through readings, presentations, discussions, case studies, field trips, and hands-on exercises.

Students make curricular and extracurricular connections in courses shared with related graduate programs at Parsons and other colleges of The New School. Collaborations take place with students in MS in Design and Urban Ecologies in Parsons’ School of Design Strategies, in the MArch program in Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments, and in the Cities and Urbanization concentration in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School.

Students are supported by a dedicated professional advising staff and by faculty acting in an informal advising capacity.