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

    Research Assistants

    Alexandria McBride - Project Coordinator

    Vanessa Leon

    Christine Samwaroo

    Affiliated Faculty

    Our affiliated faculty bring expertise and experience from multiple schools and colleges of The New School, including Parsons, the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy; and Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts.

    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

    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

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

    Victoria Marshall, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    Richard McGahey, Director of MS Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Program, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy

    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

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

    Miodrag Mitrasinovic, Associated Professor, Parsons School of Design

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

    Timo Rissanen, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    John Roach, Assistant Professor, Parsons School of Design

    John Rudolph, Part-Time Lecturer, The New School

    John Stinar,Part-Time Lecturer, The New School

    Peter Wheelwright, Associate Professor, Parsons The New School for Design

    Work

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

    Not only would 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.

    The New School and TEDC continues 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.

    Corbin Hill Food Project

    For years, parts of the South Bronx, Harlem, and Washington Heights were known as “food deserts”—neighborhoods lacking access to fresh produce. Now, thanks to Dennis Derryck, professor of professional practice at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, and the Corbin Hill Food Project, those neighborhoods are no longer starved for farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. Read more here

    Sustainable Fashion

    Zero-waste fashion design represents a drastic change from contemporary design practices. Timo Rissanen, assistant professor of fashion design and sustainability at Parsons, has researched the field for years and recently curated an installation and performance piece that advocates for sustainable changes to the fashion industry. Read more here

    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.

    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 the 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

    Venable LLP: Disaster, Recovery, and Resilience: Tips, Techniques, and Best Practices for Public and Private Organization
    April 28, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
    A complimentary full-day program covering lessons learned from the World Trade Center, Hurricane Sandy, and other occurrences.

    Earth Matters: Designing Our Future

    April 22, 2015, 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

    In celebration of Earth Day 2015, The New School's Tishman Environment and Design Center hosts Earth Matters: Designing Our Future, a daylong event featuring workshops, pop-up classes, and discussions of climate action and sustainability spanning the disciplines. Topics range from environmentally friendly fashion design to sustainable food systems and urban green spaces.

    Culminating in a keynote presentation by Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and a creative presentation and musical performance by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky, the event highlights a new direction for the center, with a focus on building scalable community models for carbon-neutral living.

    Sustainapalooza II: 2 Degrees Too Much

    April 18, 2015, 1:00-6:00 p.m.

    This event will provide a forum for conversations between students and young alumni who are spearheading the search for solutions to sustainability-related problems around the world. Participants will give short, provocative, and idea-rich "flash" presentations on their projects and proposals. They will also decide how to distribute seed money through a vote at the end of the event.

    The New School Divested. Now What?

    April 15, 2015, 6pm-8pm

    This event will provide a forum for students and professionals to discuss ways to increase the efficacy and impact of divestment.

    Women, Climate Change, and Cities

    March 5, 2015, 4:00 p.m.

    This event will focus on women’s role in raising awareness and finding solutions to climate change issues specifically in the urban environment. Participants will examine what women have brought to the table in the climate movement as well as the specific benefits of employing a gendered approach to climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies in terms of disaster risk recovery, green jobs, and urban infrastructure, such as public transport.

    Choices Conference: How everyday decisions can make a lasting impact

    February 6-7, 2015

    Join the Sustainable Cities Club of The New School and business leaders of Wyndham Hotels, Jones Lang Lasalle, Telepan restaurant, and Helpsy fashion to discuss where New York City stands as a sustainable city, what opportunities exist to fill a market demand, and how we can develop municipal policies to increase the city’s sustainability and resiliency.