Parsons is part of The New School, a university in New York City dedicated to critical inquiry and civic engagement locally and internationally. The new MS in Design and Urban Ecologies offered by Parsons’ School of Design Strategies carries forward Parsons’ progressive and transdisciplinary approach to design education.
Students in Design and Urban Ecologies will become agents of change, interacting and working with the people, communities, associations, governments, and institutions that define the city. Guided by an international advisory board of urban activists from many fields, the program and its curriculum will confront the urgent problems facing cities and focuses on pioneering new research, design frameworks, and forms of critical practice.
As a studio-based program emphasizing collaborative practice, Design and Urban Ecologies will use the metropolitan region of New York as an urban laboratory. On campus, the program's instructional spaces will accommodate long-term projects, seminars, group discussions, and presentations. Students and faculty will work in adaptable multimodal project rooms, which can be transformed to meet the evolving needs of the program and users. The spaces will support social and pedagogical interactions between students in various disciplines. Students will work closely with peers in the research-based Master of Arts in Theories of Urban Practice. They will also collaborate with graduate students of Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments, The New School for Social Research, and other graduate programs at The New School.