The Design and Urban Justice graduate minor is offered through Parsons School of Design.
The Design and Urban Justice minor offers students methodologies, theories, practices, and policy approaches for advocating for social and spatial justice through design and applied urban strategies. In light of increasing economic polarization, social
segregation, urban inequality, and concerns over access to basic necessities in urban environments, new design paradigms are emerging involving collaborations and alliances with citizens, activists, community organizations, and social-oriented institutions
to create alternative ways of producing livelihoods and sustaining cities.
Addressing education, food, housing, public space, the environment, and social and urban infrastructure, this minor enables students to apply critical research, thinking, and design in creative ways to challenge current planning, organizational, and policy
systems. Students in the graduate minor in Design and Urban Justice will have access to workshops, lectures, and events organized by Parsons' MS Design and Urban Ecologies program.
This graduate minor requires successful completion of nine credits. One core course is required for this minor: Urban Colloquium 2. In addition, students must select two electives from the chart below.
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 graduate minor should be able to demonstrate:
- Proficiency in applying urban methodologies, theories, practices and design approaches involving social and spatial justice through actionable strategies in urban contexts
- Familiarity with theories and concepts related to equitable development, urban activism and advocacy, the right to the city, social and housing cooperatives, land and housing rights, and urban justice with regard to food, education, public spaces,
urban infrastructure, and livelihoods
- Expertise in addressing social, spatial, and environmental injustice through exposure to and/or engagement in urban practices and projects that use design for advocacy and as an instrument for change
Evren Uzer, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning
Gabriela Rendon, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and Community Development
Miguel Robles-Durán, Associate Professor of Urbanism
Miodrag Mitrasinovic, Professor of Architecture and Urbanism
William Morrish, Professor of Urban Ecologies
The Design and Urban Justice minor is available to all graduate students at The New School.
For questions about this minor, please contact Evren Uzer, assistant professor of urban planning, at [email protected] or Gabriela Rendon, assistant professor of urban planning and community development, at