Co-Lab: Urban Tactics and Media Ecology
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5593
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This co-lab will be a cross-disciplinary design studio jointly offered between NSPE’s Media Studies and Parsons’ Design & Technology and Urban Ecologies programs, bringing together perspectives from art, technology, urbanism, media and activism, to inform site-specific critical inquiry, participatory methodologies and urban design strategies. The course will examine contested issues emerging in urban contexts today, and how processes of social, artistic, media and design interventions may reframe issues, transform conditions and potentially lead to a change in our surroundings. Investigations will include issues of urban spatial justice, or the politics of how urban space is utilized; urban eco-futures and alternate modes of greening the urban environment; alternate urban economies and living configurations; and urban intervention, or utilizing the city as a political and artistic canvas. The course will refer to historical models of social organization and built environments, ranging from NYC squatter’s movements, to Buckminster Fuller’s utopian architecture, to alternative economies inspired by worker’s movements in Latin America, and ask how investigating the history of modeling future living scenarios can be of use to creative practitioners. Students will work in teams in selected urban contexts in NYC or beyond with community-based organizations and artist-activist collectives to investigate and inform the design of potential pilot projects, which may be extended over the summer through community engagement.
Course Open to: Majors Only


Open to Graduate students.