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Sustainable Cities


This minor looks at the social sustainability of urban life, community-based design practices and processes, and the multiple scales of the modern city. In the minor, the environmental resilience of cities is regarded as an essential element of urbanism. Students learn design process and methodologies, including sketching, drawing, and making, along with diverse ways of learning about and engaging in the urban space. The minor anticipates collaborative community-based initiatives and activity as well as creative explorations at multiple physical and phenomenal scales.

The minor in Sustainable Cities requires successful completion of 18 credits across five subject areas, as outlined in the chart below.

Note: Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.


Parsons minors are generally open to undergraduate students across The New School, except where program restrictions exist. All students should contact their advisors regarding their options before pursuing a minor.

Students majoring in the following programs are restricted from pursuing a minor in Sustainable Cities:

  • BA/BS Liberal Arts
  • BS Urban Design


Subject Area Course Options Requirements
Studio-based Skills and Methods

3 credits

* Students needing introductory art/design skills are strongly encouraged to choose one of these course options.

Urban Infrastructure 3–4 credits
History and Theory 3–4 credits
Studio / Fieldwork
  • Students should select a studio course appropriate to their studio skill and experience; qualifying studio courses have the course master code PUUD.

6 credits

Students should select one or two 2000- or 3000-level course(s).

Sustainability and Environmental Issues 3–4 credits