Parsons Celebrates Urban Programs With Making Cities: Whither Design?

On Saturday, September 24, Parsons The New School for Design will host Making Cities: Whither Design?, a daylong series of presentations and discussions on contemporary design and the making of cities. The event will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center (66 Fifth Avenue, Ground Floor) and is free and open to the public.

Making Cities celebrates the publication of the 700-page Companion to Urban Design, as well as the recent growth of urban programs at Parsons and The New School. Parsons will soon launch new graduate programs in Design and Urban Ecologies and Theories of Urban Practice, which will join year-old undergraduate programs in Urban Design and Urban Studies.

Speakers and topics:

  • Tridib Banerjee, University of Southern California, and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, University of California at Los Angeles, Roots, Influences, and Trends in Urban Design,
  • Christine Boyer, Princeton University, Cybernetics in Urban Form and Design,
  • Gary Hack, University of Pennsylvania, Urban Flux,
  • Jeffrey Hou, University of Washington, Citizen Design: Participation and Beyond,
  • Kathy Madden, Project for Public Spaces, Placemaking in Urban Design,

This symposium is organized by the School of Design Strategies at Parsons and funded by a grant from the Office of the Provost at The New School. For more information, visit www.newschool.edu/events.