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Temporary Environments


The Temporary Environments minor introduces undergraduate students to hands-on research, design, and fabrication of ephemeral constructions for shelters, markets, and events. Through processes and methods for design research and material applications, students learn how physical limitations can be quickly framed, exceeded, reformed, and dissolved again. There is an emphasis on tangible solutions that can be tested in prototyping and field implementation so that students can develop projects beyond pure concept. Across topics ranging from the interim conditions for disaster relief to transportable shelters used in camping, from the ephemeral constructions used for public events and markets to exhibitions, temporality and relevant technologies will be used to create a sense of place within temporary environments.

The minor in Temporary Environments requires successful completion of 18 credits across four subject areas, as outlined in the chart below. Please note:

  • PLSD 2003 History and Theory of Temporary Environments is required of all students intending to complete this minor.

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 Temporary Environments:

  • BA/BS Liberal Arts


Subject Area Course Options Requirements
Introduction to Tools and Methods for Discovery, Design, and Development of Project Concepts

6 credits

Students who have introductory-level studio skills/experience should instead select 6 credits of coursework in the subject areas "Skills-Focused Studio/Seminar" and/or "Project-Based Studio/Seminar" (below).

Common Vocabulary, Historical Precedents, and Functional Knowledge of Production Elements

3 credits
Skills-Focused Studio/Seminar 3–15 credits
Project-Based Studio/Seminar 3–15 credits