Studies in the Right to Shelter

Parsons School of Design: Constructed Environments

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

The Right to Shelter

Spring 2022

Taught By: Sharon Egretta Sutton

Section: A

CRN: 5792

Credits: 3

This interdisciplinary seminar assumes that everyone has the right to housing that offers secure tenure, access to appropriate services, schools, and employment, and is culturally appropriate. It explores the academy’s role in helping governments secure that right, especially for the most disenfranchised populations. The seminar has three parts, one investigating problems, another investigating solutions, and a third investigating exemplars, each part ending with the submission of a written individual or team assignment. Guest lectures, videos, and site visits enrich instructor lectures and student-led discussions of assigned readings. Topics, which student study through both required and independent research, include overviews of housing problems and solutions, discrimination and segregation, right to housing, collective ownership, and community design. Throughout the semester, students work across disciplines to develop a proposal for how TNS/Parsons, renowned as a nimble, responsive academic community, can tackle the housing crisis that is gripping New York City and the nation, whether through its curriculum, public programs, faculty research, or community engagement. They are encouraged to think “outside the box” in seeking input for their proposals by not limiting their research to traditional academic resources but also seeking out vernacular knowledge in the local community. Students present their proposals in a public review on the last day of class.

Open to: Graduate students and upper-level undergraduates by permission only. Pre-requisite(s): none.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Constructed Environments (PSCE)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 10

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 7:44pm 12/8/2021 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/26/2022 - 5/11/2022