The Public Space Ecologies Lab
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Design Strategies
Department: Design Strategies
Course Number: PSDS 5508
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
From Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park, and from Madrid to Rio, public spaces have recently ignited worldwide civic imagination through their capacity to enable forms of public discourse and practice that seemed forgotten, and often outlawed. Recent urban protests and solidarity movements evoke the belief in democratic practice and civic values that have been historically associated with cities and public spaces. What exactly are the relationships between citizens, public spaces, public realms, civil society, the state, and the global market? And, what roles do design and art play in the ongoing struggles for the right to the city, public space, and democratic governance? Through field visits, research, readings, discussions, films, and hands-on projects, the class will explore emergent public spaces ecologies.
Open to: All university graduate degree students; undergraduate seniors by instructor permission.
Course Open to: Majors Only