Parsons Open Style Lab

Exhibition & Workshops

With an investigation on accessible design, the following series of research work is offered to The New School community and the general public to engage in discussions surrounding topics such as universal design, accessibility, inclusive practice, and adaptive fashion. All investigations are meant to be shared with topics that inquire about making practices, co-designing, and the body as it pertains to disability or aging.



2020 Accessibility Framework

An online zoom lecture that invites The New School community to discuss and create a design framework that best captures the diverse practices across the school.

April 24, 2020 (FRI) 3:00 – 6:00pm – Zoom

Workshop lecture online LINK HERE. Please first SIGN UP HERE

Instructors: FTF Assistant Professor Grace Jun and PTF Pinar Guvenc

There are several design method diagrams, design thinking models, and visual graphics that try to describe the process of design. In the field of accessibility, there is very little that is directly appliable to the complexities of all design practices and social science fields in Parsons and The New School that address aging or disability. Funded by The Design for Aging Grant, the goal of this workshop will be to create an Accessibility Guideline/ Framework on principles and methodologies that are reflective of The New School. The workshop final deliverables will be a diagram that best represents as a body what guidelines work for us and video documentation of the process with relevant questions. This will be a shared open-source file for all students and faculty to use and iterate as they wish. Case studies on accessible design, disability, and aging examples will be shared based on instructor studio practice and research. There will be a break out of teams into groups to ideate and sketch for this discussion. *All students, PTF, and FTF are welcome to join.


2019 Universal Materiality

A culmination of the 2019 collaborative research and summer program with Open Style Lab, Hong Kong PolyU and Parsons School of Fashion into a public exhibition & panel discussion at the Aronson Gallery. The research collaboration focused on making designs with older people at Riverside Rehabibiltiaon Center and investigated technology and design as it applies to aging. See more here: Universal Materiality Event  & Universal Materiality Event


2018 Open Style Lab summer program at The New School, Parsons

Open Style Lab (OSL)’s first collaboration with The New School in bringing its award-winning ten-week summer program that teams engineers, therapists, and designers with people with disabilities to co-design. Parsons students and alumni were among the selected fellows who dedicated research work during the summer to co-design adaptive apparel with people with spinal cord injury/ damage  (SCI/SCD). See more here: Video