Visualizing Urban Change
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Design Strategies
Department: Design Strategies
Course Number: PSDS 2510
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Information Design
This course teaches students techniques to visually communicate environmental phenomena. Ecosystems and risks of damaging impacts to the sustainability of ecologies tend not to be visible. Toxins are too small or pollutants too voluminously dispersed to be immediately visible, as are the complex consequences of emissions from industrial systems. Consequently, environmental science and environmental activism require careful strategies for visualizing ecological relations. Students will be required to express content visually and to present an argument through the presentation, design savvy and critical thinking in their work. The course will introduce students to a range of visual communication principles, techniques and tools, including figurative and diagrammatic image composition, digital image manipulation, typography and information design. Students will become familiar with key design software and able to produce digital files and print materials. These elements of visual communication design will be covered alongside topics such as conservation, ecology, ecosystem diagramming, visual narratives and ecological politics, environmental policy, and scenario building of desirable sustainable futures.
Course Open to: Majors Only


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Strategic Design & Management students.

Open to Environmental Studies students.

Open to Integrated Design Curriculum students.

Open to Urban Design students.