Parsons Adds Undergrad Program in Urban Design

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By Stephanie Murg Comment

For those who dream of coming to the big city…to study the big city, Parsons the New School for Design has introduced a bachelor of science in urban design. According to the school, the new undergraduate degree program is the first of its kind in the United States. “Cities have become far too complex for any one person, academic discipline, or professional practice to grasp alone,” said program director Victoria Marshall, a practicing landscape architect and founder of Newark-based design firm TILL, in a statement issued by Parsons. “Through a mix of studios, workshops, field work, and social science courses, students will critically engage with the aesthetic, cultural, ecological, and political dimensions of urban life.” The four-year program is structured around a series of projects that address the roles of design in relation to critical issues facing cities such as sustainability, global migration, and economic instability, the latter of which students will experience firsthand should they seek off-campus housing. Past your bachelor’s degree days? Parsons is also developing two new graduate programs: an MA in Theories of Urban Practice and a studio-based MS in Design and Urban Ecologies. The newest members of the Parsons faculty, designers Aseem Inam and Miguel Robles-Duran, are at work on the curricula.

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