Public Space Lab

Parsons School of Design: School of Design Strategies

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Majors Only
Public Space Lab
Fall 2024
Taught By: Miodrag Mitrasinovic
Section: A

CRN: 17417

Credits: 3

From Tahrir Square to Zuccotti Park, and from Madrid to Santiago, recent urban protests and solidarity movements have evoked the belief in democratic practices and civic values that have been historically associated with cities and public spaces. This course is based on the premise that examining public space holds the key to understanding complex processes of the production of urban space, and to the spatial–material and socio–economic dynamics that shape contemporary cities. The course will consider design, spatial, planning, philosophical, theoretical, and methodological dimensions of the contested concept of ‘public space,’ and will place a specific emphasis on public spaces in New York City. Students will explore the following questions: What is public space and how do public spaces manifest larger cultural, social, and political processes? What forms of socio-spatial interaction do public spaces support, and what do they reveal? How are public spaces designed, socially and materially produced, managed, and controlled? How does this impact the nature and character of public experience? How does public space design facilitate citizens’ right to a just city? What critical participatory approaches can be used to create inclusive public spaces that respond to the diverse needs, desires, and aspirations of individuals and communities alike? What are the critical global and comparative perspectives on public space that can enable further scholarly and professional work? And, what are the futures of public space in the face of global pandemics, such as COVID-19? Through hands-on inquiries, field visits, research, readings, discussions and films, the class will explore emergent public spaces ecologies.

Open to: All university graduate degree students. Undergraduate seniors with instructor’s permission only.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Design Strategies (SDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Waitlist*

* 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: 3:32am EDT 6/17/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/26/2024 - 12/4/2024