Design and Urban Ecologies Studio 1
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Design Strategies
Department: Urban Design
Course Number: PGUD 5180
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Description:
Students in this introductory urban ecologies studio examine prototypical models of urbanization and review systemic design, economic, environmental, political and social processes that lead to specific urban configurations. Working in teams, students develop design proposals, strategies and representations aimed at critically transforming an urban environment. First year students in Design and Urban Ecologies should select one of the two sections below and register for the corresponding section of PGUD 5160 Design and Urban Ecologies Methods 1.

Section A
Students in this section will explore agents and processes related to urban decline and restructuring of low-income districts in North Brooklyn. Special attention is given to the district of Bushwick, where significant spatial, social and economic transformations have taken place and overburdened long term communities in recent years. Additionally, students will envision strategies leading to development without displacement by facilitating community participation, ownership, and management. The strategies will be designed taking into account federal and local policy and programs assisting in community and housing development; local planning instruments; and socially innovative tools leading to the co-production of living and working spaces in marginalized communities.
Co-requisite: PGUD 5160 Design and Urban Ecologies Methods 1, section A, CRN 5385.

Section B
Students in this section will work in Downtown Brooklyn and the area specifically designated as the Brooklyn Tech Triangle development. Students will explore issues involved in the configuration of the public realm, and will co-design interventions aimed at creating inclusive, participatory and democratic urban spaces.
Co-requisite: PGUD 5160 Design and Urban Ecologies Methods 1, section B, CRN 8032.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: MS in Design and Urban Ecologies majors only; others by permission of MS in Design and Urban Ecologies program.
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Level

Open to Graduate students.