Designing Urban Agriculture: Gardening, Cities, and Democracy

Parsons School of Design: Design Strategies

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Designing Urban Agriculture
Fall 2023
Taught By: Carolin Mees
Section: A

CRN: 14685

Credits: 3

Design points us beyond surface level understandings of urban agriculture's ecological, social, and public health benefits towards an integrated approach that can help create more democratic food and environmental systems. This course investigates how urban gardens and farms can be connected to larger transformations of social and material structures in our cities. Course themes include ecological, social, political, infrastructural, cultural, and educational design elements of urban agriculture projects. These concepts are contextualized through New York City's expansive and networked urban agriculture system, with discussions of corollary work in cities throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Students will engage with the complexity of urban agricultural systems in the city as they reflect on their own relationship to gardens, foods, and cities. The class activities combine field trips, lectures, studio-¬based workshops, and seminars. Both the fieldwork and applied research methods are then developed into creative works that support cultural diversity and social and environmental sustainability while addressing food and social justice aspects.

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Design Strategies (PSDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 1:54am EDT 3/30/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/29/2023 - 12/5/2023