Thesis Statement

A lot of fascinating ideas start in the classroom here at Parsons. Many of them find life outside of it — whether it’s the fashion label Proenza Schouler or our Empowerhouse project — but many of them don’t make it out in anything other than a heavily modified form. Our recently-launched 2013 Thesis and Capstone Website lets the public look at work that could go either way; something they might be able to buy at the MoMa Store in future years, or something that may not see the light of day, but inspire more ambitious projects. Either way, it’s a fun glimpse at the future of design.

The thesis site collects thesis and capstone projects from students across the disciplines at Parsons: from design and technology to lighting design, fashion design to photography, and much more. We’ve collected just a few in the slideshow above. For many, many more, just visit the site.

Aly Blenkin and Luke Keller, MFA Transdisciplinary Design

Aly Blenkin and Luke Keller, MFA Transdisciplinary Design

Blenkin and Keller’s project Hello Compost attempts to introduce composting to low-income families. They do this with a compost collection service, which provides bags to families who can then bring them to a drop-off point and receive coupons for fresh food. It has already been featured in Fast Company’s Co.Design blog.

Aly Blenkin and Luke Keller, MFA Transdisciplinary Design
Rebecca Bost, Master of Architecture and MFA Lighting Design

Rebecca Bost, Master of Architecture and MFA Lighting Design

Bost reimagines New York’s Columbus Circle subway station to incorporate the light-suffused, open feeling of strolling through nearby Central Park.

Rebecca Bost, Master of Architecture and MFA Lighting Design
Aisen Caro Chacin, MFA Design and Technology

Aisen Caro Chacin, MFA Design and Technology

Sensory Pathways for the Plastic Mind is a set of experimental, wearable devices that expand sensory experiences. These include devices for echolocation, a clock that uses taste, and a mouth device – a “grill,” pictured above – that plays music by vibrating the wearer’s teeth.

Aisen Caro Chacin, MFA Design and Technology
Elena Montemurro, BFA Photography

Elena Montemurro, BFA Photography

In her series of photographs, Coming of Age, Montemurro explores memories and fantasies of growing up in America. They depict a mix of personal experiences, pop cultural tropes, and societal stereotypes.

Elena Montemurro, BFA Photography
Henry Richmond Young, BFA Product Design

Henry Richmond Young, BFA Product Design

Ad Tempus is a set of 3D-printed dessert plates that evolve and change with the food they serve. This is an attempt to reflect the symbiotic relationship between food, presentation and dining. Read more in Design Milk.

Henry Richmond Young, BFA Product Design
Rahul Shah, Master of Architecture

Rahul Shah, Master of Architecture

Shah’s project, Exorcise Pool, combines a water treatment plant and a public pool in ways that are surprisingly stylish (and clean).

Rahul Shah, Master of Architecture
Yunxiang (Sharon) Zhou, BFA Fashion Design

Yunxiang (Sharon) Zhou, BFA Fashion Design

Zhou was named 2013 Menswear Designer of the Year at Parsons for this collection. It is based on worker’s garments and tools, and celebrates utility.

Yunxiang (Sharon) Zhou, BFA Fashion Design