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  • Tishman Environment and Design Center

  • Tishman Environment and Design Center

    The Tishman Environment and Design Center (TEDC) fosters the integration of bold design, policy, and social justice approaches to environmental issues to advance just and sustainable outcomes in the context of diverse community participation.

    From its inception in 2005, the Tishman Environment & Design Center (TEDC) has played a vital role at The New School and has contributed greatly to University’s environmental philosophy, most notably through the launch of an interdisciplinary undergraduate Environmental Studies degree program that has provided students from three divisions a wide array of academic experiences and supported internships.

    TEDC has also played an active role in applying the University’s design and social justice tenants to the climate change movement, including the launch of the University’s first Climate Action Week as a lead up to the People’s Climate March, the largest climate protest in history. TEDC continues this momentum with a renewed and expanded vision to address the increasingly urgent need to integrate design and environment to confront climate change and its impacts on social justice; to foster efforts that enhance urban resilience; and to provide New School faculty, students, and staff opportunities for interdisciplinary research, teaching, practice, and environmental citizenship at a new level of intensity and on a wider range of issues.

    Leadership

    Director

    Michelle DePass, Dean, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    Joel Towers, Executive Dean, Parsons School of Design 

    Associate Directors

    Ana Baptista, Assistant Professor, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy; Victoria Marshall, Assistant Professor of Urban Design in the School of Design Strategies at Parsons

    Research Assistants

    Alexandria McBride, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy - Project Coordinator

    Sung Mi Kim, Design Strategies- Transdisciplinary Design (MFA) Parsons School of Design

    Vanessa Leon, PhD Candidate, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    Masoom Moitra, Design and Urban Ecologies, Parsons School of Design

    Christine Samwaroo, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    Michael Shelter, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

     

    Affiliated Faculty

    Our affiliated faculty bring expertise and experience from multiple schools and colleges of The New School, including Parsons School of Design, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, The New School for Social Research, College of Performing Arts and Adult Bachelors, Creative Writing, Media Studies, Languages and Milano.

    TEDC is expanding its mission with the rollout of #ClimateCitizen Project, an annual award that gives faculty members from across disciplines the opportunity to pursue projects that address the impacts of climate change and other environmental threats to community well-being and social justice.

    Charles Allison, Associate Professor, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    Ana Baptista, Assistant Professor, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    David Bergman, Part-Time Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Andrew Bernheimer, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Parsons School of Design

    Nick Brinen, Part-Time Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Robert Buchanan, Assistant Professor, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

    Katayoun Chamany, Associate Professor of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

    Nadia Elrokhsy, Assistant Professor and Director, BFA Integrated Design Program, Parsons School of Design

    Jean Gardner, Associate Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Zoe Hamstead, Teaching Fellow, The New School

    Aseem Inam, Program Director of the MA in Theories of Urban Practice, Parsons School of Design

    Tanya Kalmanovitch, Associate Professor, Mannes College of Music

    Jamie Kruse, Part-Time Faculty, Parsons School of Design

    David Leven, Associate Professor of Architecture, Parsons School of Design

    Victoria Marshall, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Alan McGowen, Associate Professor, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

    Brian McGrath, Dean of the School of Constructed Environments, Parsons School of Design

    P. Timon McPhearson, Assistant Professor, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

    Kevin McQueen, Part-Time Lecturer, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    Alison Mears, Dean of the School of Design Strategy, Parsons School of Design

    Shagun Mehrotra, Assistant Professor, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    Miodrag Mitrasinovic, Associated Professor, Parsons School of Design

    William Morrish, Professor of Urban Ecology, Parsons School of Design

    Lara Penin, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Fabio Parasecoli, Coordinator, Food Studies Program, The New School

    Ivan Ramirez, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

    Kristen Reynolds, Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Sustainable Food Systems

    Timo Rissanen, Assistant Professor of Fashion Design, Parsons School of Design

    John Roach, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Barent Roth, Part-Time Lecturer, Parsons School of Design

    John Rudolph, Part-Time Lecturer, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    Alison Schuettinger, Part-Time Lecturer, Parsons School of Design

    Hilary Semel, Part-Time Lecturer, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    Willi Semmler, Professor of Economics, The New School

    John Stinar, Part-Time Lecturer, The New School

    Kimberly Tate, Part-Time Lecturer, Parsons School of Design

    Bhawani Venkataraman, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

    Peter Wheelwright, Associate Professor, Parsons School of Design

    David White, Assistant Professor of Environmental Technology and Material Sciences, Parsons School of Design

    Yuji Hara, Fulbright Fellow

     

    Work

    The New School's bold climate action was featured in the New York Times on February 6, 2015. Read more here.

    Not only will The New School divest itself from fossil fuel investments in the coming years but the institution is reshaping the entire curriculum to focus on climate change and sustainability. The Times article quotes Executive Dean Joel Towers of Parsons School of Design. Read more here.

    Faculty Research

    TEDC is expanding its mission with the rollout of #ClimateCitizen Project, an annual award that gives faculty members from across disciplines the opportunity to pursue projects that address the impacts of climate change and other environmental threats to community well-being and social justice. The recipients (and their projects) are

    Willi Semmler, Arnold Professor of International Cooperation and Development at The New School for Social Research. Project: "Mitigation and Adaptation Policies against Climate Risk" will research and develop a better way to address the trade-off of implementing climate stability at the expense of economic growth.

    Ivan Ramirez, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at Eugene Lang College. Project: "Understanding Climate Change and Urban Health using a Syndemic Modeling Approach" will examine the effects of climate change on health vulnerability and resilience in urban areas.

    Timon McPhearson, Assistant Professor of Urban Ecology and Chair of the Environmental Studies Program at the Schools of Public Engagement: Project: "Connect the Dots" aims to connect fragmented green spaces to form an ecological network in New York City.

    TImo Rissanen, Assistant Professor Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design: "Designing Endurance" will specifically focus on garment repair and alterations through a series of shirts that have future repairability and alterability built into them.

    Ana I. Baptista, Assistant Professor in the Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. Project: "Climate Justice: Case Studies of Civil Society in Action" will explore poverty alleviation and climate resiliency through composing case studies to address climate crisis from a climate justice perspective.

    Nick Brinen, Assistant Professor of Interior Design at Parsons. Project: "Street Seats Program" will work with the Department of Transportation to reclaim portions of New York City's streets to serve as public space.

    The New School and TEDC continue to raise the bar in finding innovative ways to apply design, policy, and social justice approaches to environmental issues. A few examples of such projects are listed below.

    Campus Sustainability

    The New School received a STARS Silver Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), in recognition of the university's achievements in sustainability. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. Read more here.

    As a member of The New School community, you can become part of the university-wide effort to create a more sustainable and less wasteful campus by taking the Sustainability Pledge. Read more here.

    See related articles: Inside The New School's University Center: Students Foster Sustainable Behavior, University Center: Green to Its Core

    Community Leadership

    Michelle DePass, the Tishman Professor of Environmental Policy and Management and the dean of the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, continues to share her expertise in climate justice and equity in events across the country. These events include: On Trial: A Tribunal on Failed Goverance: Climate Change, Inequality and Jobless Growth, Making Cities I³: Innovation, Incubation, Inclusion Third International Symposium (New York, NY), Advancing Equity and Sustainability: Community Based Strategies for Resilience and Renewal (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and the US Human Rights Network 2014 Regional Meeting & Hearing (New Orleans, LA).

    See related articles

    Ana Baptista, Children of Color Are the Most At-Risk Victims of Pollution;Timon McPhearson, The City's Jungles, Not Quite Concrete

    Climate Action Week @ The New School

    The New School demonstrates our commitment to climate action and our solidarity with people converging on New York City for the historic People's Climate March on September 21 with a week-long series of events focused on climate change. As a leader and official endorser of the march, The New School has organized Climate Action Week, including programming offering the university and wider community opportunities for enriched learning and engagement opportunities; promoting scholarship, innovation and creativity, solidarity and collective action; and highlighting The New School's values around climate justice and action.

    See related articles

    People's Climate March, 350.org Climate Ambassadors Symposium, This Changes Everything with Naomi Klein, Climate Week Popup Workshops, MSNBC: The Climate Change Generation Finds Its Voice, Kickoff to Climate Action March, Rally Address, #FrackOff

    Events

    TEDC Green Tours

    August 27 and September 10, 2015, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Join the Tishman Environment and Design Center and the New School Facilities for a special Green Building Tour of the New School University Center. The University Center is among a select few buildings in New York and one of a few academic buildings across the country with a New LinkU.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold certification.

    Tours will be guided by Thomas Whalen, assistant vice president for Facilities Management, and Erik Eibert, assistant director for Sustainable Initiatives.

    Race, Class and the Environment

    October 28, 2015, 12:00 noon. TEDC lounge, 79 Fifth Avenue, 16th floor

    This student-only event gives students the opportunity to have an open discussion with TEDC #ClimateCitizen Scholars on issues of race, justice, and the environment. Food will be served.

    #ClimateCitizen Conversation with Visiting Scholars

    October 29, 2015, 4:00 p.m. Starr Foundation Hall, University Center

    Hear from TEDC's Fall #ClimateCitizen Scholars as they explore they environmental justice dimensions of the USEPA Clean Power Plan. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Ana Baptista, associate professor of Professional Practice in Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management.

    Panelists include Cecil Corbin-Mark, deputy director/director of Policy Initiatives at WE ACT for Environmental Justice; Dr. Cecilia Martinez, director of Research Programs at the Center for Earth, Energy and Democracy; Dr. Nicky Sheats, Esq., director of the Center for the Urban Environment of the John S. Watson Institute for Public Policy at Thomas Edison State College; and Dr. Jalonne White- Newscome, federal policy analyst at WE ACT for Environmental Justice.

    Road to Paris: Examining the UN Climate Summit

    November 16, 2015, 4:00 p.m. Wollman Hall

    As the world turns to Paris for the United Nations Climate Summit in December, this special panel will feature government and private practitioners, as well as New School faculty, involved in this historic event. Panelists include Joel Towers, executive dean of Parsons, and Shagun Mehrotra, professor at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.