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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Design Strategies
Department: Design Strategies
Course Number: PSDS 3503
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Urban Design
  • Social Media
Urban areas around the country are rapidly implementing an increasing diversity of public space types. As people and dollars, flow into cities, novel ecologies of plazas, squares, parks, and parklets are being implemented to meet the needs and demands of newly formed social groups and users of public space. These new spaces are also being created in the street as a method for reversing decades of urbanism that privileges the car rather than the pedestrian. The public and private sector see this strategy as a way to repair frayed social bonds, enhance other types of mobility such as the bicycle, and support local economies, among other things. This course examines in detail the new ecologies of public space that have been implemented in Manhattan and Queens over the past five years. Through a series of lectures, site-visits, and interventions carried out by the class, students will learn about the policies, design strategies, public outreach process, programming, and maintenance of these physical spaces, and will explore scenarios of how these aspects of designed and non-designed public space can and should change in the coming years. This class has a mandatory fieldwork component. Students will produce a class report for consideration by the NYC Department of Transportation and a final ‘urban intervention’ which will be featured in the 2013 Parsons Festival.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students.


Open to Undergraduate students.