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  • Design & Urban Justice (Graduate Minor)

  • Overview

    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.

    Subject AreaCourse OptionsRequirements
    Core CoursePGUD 5120 Urban Colloquium 23 credits
    Labs, Studios and Practical Courses

    PGUD 5005 Urban Theory Lab
    PGUD 5020 Urban History Lab
    PGUD 5160 Design and Urban Ecologies Methods 1
    PGUD 5170 Design and Urban Ecologies Methods 2
    PSDS 5308 Cooperative Cities Lab
    PSDS 5508 Public Space Lab
    PSDS 5512 Global Urban Studio Intensive (international experience)
    PSDS 5XXX Design and Resistance (new elective)

    0-6 credits

    UTNS 5120 The Right to the City
    NINT 5417 Infrastructure for the New Social Compact
    NEPS 5022 Environmental Justice: Race, Class, and the Environment
    NURP 5008 Political Economy of the City
    NURP 6025 Transportation Planning and Politics of Urban Mobility
    NURP 6001 Planning and Urban Citizenship

    0-6 credits

    Learning Outcomes

    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 transformative 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 or Gabriela Rendon, assistant professor of urban planning and community development, at

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