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This minor looks at the social sustainability of urban life, community-based design practices and processes, and the multiple scales of the modern city. In the minor, the environmental resilience of cities is regarded as an essential element of urbanism.
Students learn design process and methodologies, including sketching, drawing, and making, along with diverse ways of learning about and engaging in the urban space. The minor anticipates collaborative community-based initiatives and activity, as
well as creative explorations at multiple physical and phenomenal scales.
The Sustainable Cities minor is offered through Parsons'
School of Design Strategies and requires successful completion of 18 credits across five subject areas, as outlined in the chart below.
Note: Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.
A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:
*Students needing introductory art/design skills are strongly encouraged to choose one of these course options.
Minors are available to all undergraduate students at The New School, though some minors are closed to students in certain majors (please see the list of preclusions for more details). Students may declare minors outside of their own colleges. To explore this option, contact your academic advisor.
Students majoring in BS Urban Design are also restricted from pursuing a minor in Sustainable Cities.
For questions regarding this minor’s curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Emily Moss, assistant professor of design, at
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