Empowered Neighborhoods: Community Advocacy and Housing Justice

Parsons School of Design: Design Strategies

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Empowered Neighborhoods
Fall 2023
Taught By: Gabriela Rendon
Section: A

CRN: 14181

Credits: 3

This course delves into community-led practices, strategies, and tools promoting housing justice and equitable neighborhood development in cities. Often led by women, people of color, and minorities, these socially-oriented endeavors are becoming vital as communities experience an increasing profit-driven development and continuous crises. Uncovering local narratives and activist practices, students will explore how tenant unions, community land trusts, limited-equity housing cooperatives, mutual aid networks, and other community-controlled forms of organizing and development are gaining ground through solidarity and coalition-building across neighborhoods. Applying that knowledge, students will design organizing, mapping, planning, and advocacy tools and projects to contribute to ongoing community-led visions, neighborhood-based initiatives, and social justice movements. The course combines radical listening, militant research, mapping, and design strategies to prepare students interested in engaging and advancing community efforts to preserve low-income, underserved, and immigrant communities.

Open to: All university graduate students; undergraduate seniors by instructor permission.

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: 2:46am EDT 3/22/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 8/31/2023 - 12/14/2023