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 2022

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 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 7:18am EST 11/27/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: Parsons 2 W 13th

Room: 1108

Date Range: 9/1/2022 - 12/15/2022