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Atlantis Program: Urbanisms of Inclusion


The European Union-United States joint Atlantis Program is a transatlantic student and faculty exchange conducted cooperatively by the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) and the European Commission's Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC). The purpose of this program is to promote a student-centered transatlantic dimension to higher education and training in a wide range of academic and professional disciplines.

In 2010, Parsons School of Design and its five international partners received a four-year Atlantis grant to develop Urbanisms of Inclusion: A Transatlantic Education Program (UI/TEP). This design, research, and curriculum exchange program is intended to

  • draw on the strength and richness of different design approaches and methods
  • build upon the long tradition of and experiences in urbanism in each of the participating universities
  • enable the development of effective, innovative urban curricular concepts, research methods, knowledge, and action in academic, policy, and community contexts
  • produce highly qualified, university-trained urbanists: designers, planners, and researchers.

Urbanisms of Inclusion addresses the emerging territorial and socioecological issues that accompany the dual challenges of rapid global urbanization and the adaptation of cities in response to climate change and transnational migrations. The program views these issues—including dualization, gentrification, mobility and migrations, territorial fragmentation, and uneven development—through the lens of social inclusion.