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YOUR VIRTUAL CAMPUS HUB FOR 2020

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IN THE NEWS

The Parsons community remains engaged in our local communities and the world stage at large.
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COMMUNITY

At Parsons, we are dedicated to ensuring that the physical, intellectual, and emotional aspects of your practice continue to grow, and are fully supported both inside and outside of the curriculum. Explore our experiences, reflections and discoveries in our ever-evolving journey here.

Lucia Cuba (Assistant Professor of Fashion Design, Parsons School of Design) discusses her belief in developing a curriculum that not only promotes awareness of social issues but inspires action.

MPS Communication Design program director Brendan Griffiths turns remote learning into opportunities to design compelling experiences and classrooms with a wide array of participants. For their program’s graduation, Griffiths and his students created an immersive virtual celebration and became a closer-knit community in the process.

Kelly Walters (Assistant Professor of Communication Design, Parsons) discusses deconstructing the stereotypes and embedded coding in film, television, and music.

Teaching from his own professional design studio, MFA Industrial Design and BFA Product Design faculty member Dan Michalik discovered that he could share with students new tools and resources from his own practice.

Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo (Associate Professor of Integrated Design; Dean, School of Design Strategies; and Director, DEED Research Labs) speaks about the need for a deep understanding of systems in order to imagine a better world.
John Bruce (Assistant Professor of Strategic Design and Management and Director of Transdisciplinary Design, Parsons) reveals the importance of curiosity and research in forging a long, iconoclastic career in art and design.
Shana Agid (Associate Professor of Arts, Media, and Communication at Parsons) unpacks the role played by visual culture in cultural movements.
Radhika Subramaniam (Associate Professor of Visual Culture, Parsons), discusses how she interrogates voice via the space between humans and animals.

BA/BFA student Jasmin Gilliam interviews Thalia Rondon, “Playful Culture,” BFA Integrated Design.

Parsons’ intensive MPS Fashion Management program is designed to bring students in direct contact with industry experts and innovators.

The transition to virtual learning was seamless for Francesca Sammaritano, assistant professor of fashion and director of the AAS Fashion Design program, and Soojin Kang, instructor at Parsons. During the fall semester, their Design and Specialized studio classes adopted CLO 3D, and the software has proved essential for both teaching and learning online.
Rama Chorpash (Associate Professor of Product Design at Parsons) discusses the power and importance of connecting and co-designing with the world and those who have not traditionally had a voice.

BA/BFA student Jasmin Gilliam interviews Kayla Van Der Byl, BFA Communication Design.

Daniel Sauter (Associate Professor of Data Visualization), explains the importance of data visualization in bringing critical information to audiences who need it most.
Evren Uzer (Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Parsons School of Design) speaks about the role of design in distributing benefits and burdens equally across society.
Lucille Tenazas, Henry Wolf Professor of Communication Design at Parsons, proposes that we all have an inner designer that can help us better understand design and one another.
David Carroll (Associate Professor of Media Design, Parsons), reveals the vital role designers and technologists can play today in both elections and public health.

When Timo Rissanen’s Specialized Studio 2 class shifted to online learning, he knew it would be a challenge. Not only were his students dispersed across the globe, but their access to resources was suddenly limited. Despite the change in learning platforms, the lessons his class would take away from the semester would provide them with a new vision and passion for their craft.

BA/BFA student Jasmin Gilliam interviews Rajlaxmi Jain, “Moola,” MPS Communication Design ’20.

Grace Jun (Assistant Professor of Fashion, Parsons) asks how designers can translate their skills for diverse audiences and enhance agency for people of all abilities as well as aging populations.
Brian McGrath (Professor of Urban Design, Parsons), shares his belief that both architecture and design be regarded as human rights.
Shelley Fox (Donna Karan Professor of Fashion and Director, MFA Fashion Design and Society, Parsons) says fashion is not only a reflection of our collective experience but an important tool for building new and inclusive narratives in changing times.
Jonsara Ruth (Design Director and Co-founder, Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons School of Design) and Alison Mears (Director and Co-founder, Healthy Materials Lab) discuss the silent epidemic raging around us and ways the Healthy Materials Lab is innovating to democratize green living.
Keanan Duffty (Director of MPS Fashion Management and Associate Professor of Fashion, Parsons), is empowering fashion management students with the future-facing thinking needed to make maximum impact.
First-year curriculum director Anette Millington discusses the new perspectives and skills the students gain and how they prepared this past spring’s “first years” to succeed in the period of remote learning. Students Izzy, Michelle, and Bruke explain how they found opportunity in a first year like no other.

FEATURED WORK

The Parsons community is rethinking the future of art and design education through what we do in real time. Discover new work emerging from the constraints and inspirations presented in today's dynamically changing world.

Yingfei Jiang, AAS Interior Design, Design for Food Delivery Workers in China

My thesis is a concept for the design of a corporate headquarters that places an emphasis on the representation of …

Carly Bennett, MFA Industrial Design, Heale

My thesis project is the creation of Heale, a line of sensorial jewelry pieces that provides temporary relief to sexually …

Gina Beneduci, BFA Illustration, The 210

My project is a series of drawings and illustrations that depict the characters Leela, Bee, and Squid and their experiences …

Sarah Lam, BFA Product Design, The Lacer

From a young age, we’re taught how to tie our shoelaces. It’s a simple everyday task that we don’t think …

Regina La O’, MPS Communication Design, Chitchat – Connecting Remote Teams

Chitchat is a space for remote team members to gather freely throughout the day, away from where work is being …

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Merve Ipek Cirakoglu, MFA Interior Design, WE ARE THE ENVIRONMENT THE ENVIRONMENT IS US

In what ways do we communicate with one another through what we grow?

Yanzhi Lai, BFA Product Design, Lune

Lune, my project, is a series of open-source 3D-printed water bottle attachments designed to help homeless women maintain their personal …

Ruimin Ma, MFA Transdisciplinary Design, Pipeline News

Reading news is a way to stay informed and connect to the world and to one another. Yet perceiving news …

Yayi Chen, BFA Fashion Design, In Transient

(Pathway: Collection/All-Gender) Based on my personal experience growing up as a Chinese immigrant in a traditional entrepreneurial family running a …

Marissa Phipps, BFA Photography, My Mother’s Daughter

My Mother’s Daughter is a photographic series about my relationship with my mother and the deeper complexity within our dynamic. …

Anthony Vesprini, Eric Hu, and Nalin Chahal, BFA Architectural Design, Flood Points

Ekistics, the science of human settlements, has been a pervasive and well-established foundation of human civilization since agriculture. The dominance …

Tiffany France, MS Data Visualization, Emotion Driven Literary Bindings

This project uses machine learning emotion classification processes in order to create emotionally representative data from Project Gutenberg public domain novels. …

Robin Coenen, MS Data Visualization, Visualizing Maritime Claims at the UN

Unlike the landmass, divided by many borders, most of our maps and mental images represent the sea free of delimitations. …

Jesse Birdsall, MFA Industrial Design, Momentum: Kinaesthetic Clothing

As a multisport athlete, I am interested in exploring bodily awareness or what is also known as proprioception. The goal …

Mia Wright-Ross Wants Museum Visitors to Really Breathe

The new multimedia exhibition, “A Moment to Breathe,” by Mia Wright-Ross (BFA Fashion Design ’11 and current faculty member) serves …

Noel Yeong-An Liao, MA Fashion Studies, From Retail Design to Curatorial Praxis

My thesis aims to examine Rei Kawakubo’s fashion practices in her spatial presentations — from the materialization of concepts to …

Sabrina Paulino, BBA Strategic Design & Management, Legacy of the Dominican Blowout

In 2016, a black woman’s story about a Dominican Salon sneaking relaxer into her shampoo in order to make her …

Sana Akram, MS Design & Urban Ecologies, ENGENDER(ING) IMMIGRANT SPACE

– Exploring Collaborative Storytelling to Rediscover Little Pakistan. Spatializing — Situating — Storying: These processes act in simultaneity, engendering an …

The Shapers, MS Strategic Design & Management, Earshot

This group (team name: The Shapers), placed first in the 2020 Rotman Design Challenge: Brendan Raftery, Yasmine Abuzeid, Selina Tedesco, …

Joyce Chen, BFA Illustration, Joie De Vivre (2D Animation)

Are you really living if everything has already been decided for you? No. The path to happiness is inevitably shadowed …

Ruimin Ma, MFA Transdisciplinary Design, Pipeline News

Reading news is a way to stay informed and connect to the world and to one another. Yet perceiving news …

MD Sujon Ishaq, BFA Architectural Design, Thai Wellness Centre

Unlike Western medicine and healthcare practices, traditional Thai medicine is heavily influenced by the mind-body connection and treatment that combines …

Ella Macdonald, BFA Interior Design, Parallel

Parallel attests to the importance of designing inclusive spaces within luxury developments in order to preserve the city’s rich history.

Sagarika Sundaram, MFA Textiles, Unseers

In my project, Unseers are imaginary beings who are perpetually suspended in an inward-facing state of psychedelic meditation.

Mark Warfield, AAS Interior Design, Fairweather NYC

My project is a design proposal for Fairweather NYC, which makes rain gear and waterproof accessories so we can thrive …

Jacob Olmedo, MFA Textiles, Endngered Identity

This project examines my hybrid intersectional identity as I navigate my relationship to society and the Earth.

Liuxu Luo, MFA Textiles, Wandering Home

My project, titled Wandering Home, is a textile installation inspired by the lifestyles and old tales of a kind of …

Paige Danoff, AAS Interior Design, Strauss X Levi’s Boutique Hotel

My project is Strauss X Levi’s, a design for a boutique hotel in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village for misfits and artists.

Max Hoffman, MFA Industrial Design, Lys

“Lys” (/loos/) is the Danish word for both candle and light. My thesis project, called Lys, is a small flameless …

Sanya Sharma, MFA Textiles, Moment – A study in space and time

The flow of geometrical forms and densities across layers demonstrate the narrative of a moment.

Nathaniel Hoe, MA Fashion Studies

“Let the World Slip, We Shall Ne’er be Younger:” Dress Practices and Subcultural Expression at the New York Renaissance Faire

Yi Hsuan Sung, MFA Textiles, Agar Textiles

With an eye on sustainability and a desire to have an impact on the fashion world through materials innovation, I …

Visit the MadeNEW Market and Alumni Holiday Market

Walk through SoHo, and you’ll encounter a slew of stores and studios that house the work of Parsons alumni, ranging …

Tiananmen Square Fact Book and Virtual Exhibition

This fall has been an exercise in learning new ways of collaborating, which has been exemplified through the Parsons First …

Angela Y. Davis and Betty Friedan at a Guest Lecture (1975) This contact sheet is a photographic display of film captured by photographer and videographer Stanley Seligson of a guest lecture at The New School with Angela Davis and Betty Friedan in September of 1975. At the time, both women were at the forefront of the second wave of American feminism, with Friedan having written The Feminine Mystique and founded the National Organization for Women. part of New School Photograph Collection: Guest Speakers and Performers

The New School Through 100 Archival Objects

A key component of the First Year course, Integrative Seminar 1, is to introduce students to the New School’s Archives. …

Hanouf Al-Faheid, BFA Interior Design, Our Majlis

My project explores the politics of the majlis, a traditional men’s only sphere that is leveraged to create power over …

Shivam Sinha, BFA Communication Design, Data Aeternum

Your data privacy matters. Whether it may be websites tracking your every click, pharmaceutical companies selling your eating habits to …

Sujon Ishaq, BFA Architectural Design, The Thai Wellness Centre

My main goal through this project was to create a space that would provide an opportunity for the locals of …

Ana Emilia Hernandez, MFA Industrial Design, Moon Modules

The aerospace industry is not only imminently sending people to the Moon and Mars, but also actively pursuing the expansion …

It’s not a gallery

This year has presented many challenges, which have often interfered with productivity. Maria Carla Genovesi (BFA Fine Arts ’21) and …

Mackenzie Drummond, BFA Integrated Design, Tending to Self

My thesis project, Tending to Self, attempts to alleviate stress by creating a space for users to take a break …

Valeria Mancera, BFA Fine Arts, On Longing and Painting

After leaving my country, Venezuela, I am confronted with the impossibility of return. My assembled drawing and paintings are the …

Nour Zein, MS Data Viz, Greening From the Rooftops

As the climate continues to warm, and extreme weather events are more frequent and stronger, New York City must adapt …

Tommy Yang, M.Arch, The Nuanced -Topia

The Nuanced Topia challenges reclamation and development by the introduction of a hybrid junction for the creation of a hyper-micro …

Eleni Mentis, BFA CD, Gentrification in New York City

Gentrification is when an influx of middle or high-income families move into an area typically dominated by those of low-income. …

Rajlaxmi Jain, MPS CD, Moola – Allowance Manager

Moola is an educational family banking tool designed for young people. It encourages families to learn together, so parents can …

Here and Now Fashion Festival

A collective reflection and virtual convening celebrating the future of School of Fashion at Parsons School of Design Class of 2020.

Carl Liyu Shen, MFA Industrial Design, INTERVAL

INTERVAL is a family of three objects that remove the cell phone from the center of the user’s life. They …

Xingwei Huang, MS Data Visualization, A Guilty Pleasure

A Guilty Pleasure aims to visualize how the monoculture cocoa industry is driving deforestation in the Ivory Coast. By drawing …

Kayla Van Der Byl, BFA Communication Design, Mapping Misogyny

Mapping Misogyny includes a book that examines the origins and effects of gender oppression in South Africa. It addresses abuse …

Jeremy Ripley, MFA Textiles, Morpho + Genesis

I have integrated my textiles into sculptural forms. Forms grow from my love of geometry. “Darkness” had sections of black …

Thalia Rondon Raffo, BFA Integrated Design, Playful Culture

Playful Culture is based on the premise that objects of play can inform and engage audiences with culture by facilitating …

Bernice Ho, BFA Illustration, For A Friend

“For a Friend” explores how the notion of self care is a highly individualized pursuit. These pieces highlight how there …

C.L.Ho.W Team / Collaboration of Faculty, Students, and Alumni

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been working on a powerful, collaborative initiative with Parsons Professor Andrea …

Of Viruses and Men: The Dangerous Pandemic in the Social Sciences

The Dangerous Pandemic in the Social Sciences Article by Koray Caliskan (Assoc. Dir. of MS Strategic Design & Management) and …

How To Sew Your Own Fabric Mask

Grace Jun (Asst. Prof. of Fashion and CEO of Open Style Lab) develops pattern and full video tutorial for DIY …

How Design Plays A Role In Responding To The Coronavirus Pandemic

by Dr. Manuel Hernandez (MS Strategic Design Management ‘19) in Healthcare Design Mag.

MPS Fashion Management – Retail Revolution Podcast

Listen to the all-new podcast created by MPS Fashion Management students and faculty about COVID-19 and potential opportunities to rethink …

2020 BFA Architecture Graduates Showcase Debuts Online

Parsons recent graduates Luis Urribarri and Jakub Klaban, BFA Architectural Design ’20, were selected to be featured in the NYCxDESIGN …

New School Alumni Tackle COVID-19 with Creativity, Humor, and Justice

Alumni across the globe are using their resources, platforms, and innovative thinking to help those in need — and inspire …

Birth of The Pandemic Archive

A collective of MFA Photography students and alumni created the Instagram-based platform called The Pandemic Archive, aiming to share art from …

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Why Parsons? Why Now?

Now more than ever, in the face of a global pandemic and renewed awareness of the urgent need to address racial inequities in our society, we affirm Parsons’ commitment to providing an education devoted to creating a healthier, more sustainable, and more just society through the power of art and design. Across our programs, we are offering our students an educational experience that is true to Parsons’ mission and values, and that supports your potential to respond to this current moment as creative problem solvers and critical thinkers. What is more, we are dedicated to ensuring that the physical, intellectual, and emotional aspects of your practice continue to grow, and are fully supported both inside and outside of the curriculum.