During the first year, many required studio projects are based in New York City and the surrounding areas. We have worked with our community- and other partners in Sunset Park, Bushwick, South Bronx, The Rockaways, Brooklyn Queens Expressway corridor
(BQE), the MTA Line 7 corridor (from Hudson Yards to Flushing), and more. Our elective courses, such as Public Space Lab, Right to the City, Cooperative Cities, or Urban Infrastructures, offer weekly walking tours of the City, where students explore
and research a wide variety of topics including public space and the commons, homelessness, transportation, recreation, environmental degradation, and housing cooperatives.
In the second year of study, students' research and design projects may be developed outside of New York City, depending on the interest of the individual student. For instance, international students may choose to work on a project related to their home
countries or towns. In addition, the program sponsors a course, Global Urban Studio Intensive, in which students travel abroad and work with our partners in places where we have ongoing work and a degree of expertise in local, situated knowledge.
Students gain experience in particular urban conditions, topics, and practices in cities around the world. Examples include Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen, New Delhi, Mumbai, Quito, Venice, and Rio de Janeiro.