New dates!

November 29, 2012

Our symposium was postponed due to the events surrounding Hurricane Sandy. But we’re thrilled to announce two sessions happening at The New School in the coming weeks.

Two conversations reflecting on community-engaged work through multiple projects and perspectives.

Both events take place at
66 W. 12th St. Room 410
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Friday, April, 5th “Fieldwork” – DEED & International Fieldwork Program (IFP)
  • Friday, April 26th “Social Innovation” – Blank Plate & New Challenge

Light refreshments will be served. FREE and open to the public.

“Communities of” is a symposium and exhibition at The New School exploring the meaning of community through strategic design and models of sustainable development. We will be asking

  1. How does (or can) design facilitate or enable participatory community development?
  2. What are current models and ethics of working with ‘other’ communities in ’emerging economies’?
  3. What are the politics of considering community as ‘other’? (Should we only work in/with communities to which we belong?)
  4. How and why should universities partner with communities?
  5. How can we develop curricula that successfully support long-term community partnerships?
  6. What are the financial models that can sustainably support these partnerships?

Why the blank space?
The intentional blank space of the title is intended to make conscious the very notion of community. Through it, we invite each person to bring their interests and notions of communities to the gallery. We want to politicize what it means to work with and to build a community, and believe that the absence of definition will precisely prompt visitors and participants to fill in the blank.

So, tune in, attend, participate online, and help us fill in that blank!


This free-of-charge exhibition and symposium on design strategies and models for sustainable development, has been organized to coincide with the 5th Anniversary of DEED: Development through Empowerment, Entrepreneurship, and Design. The organizers are Fabiola Berdiel, Pascale Gatzen and Cynthia Lawson, and funding comes from the Provost’s Office Academic Events Fund, Parsons’ School of Design Strategies and Dean’s Office funds, and the Social Innovation Initiative.

A special thank you to our research assistants, Fernanda Alcocer, Luke Keller, and Christopher Patten.

Our "Parsons MFADT 2012 Symposium - Pre-Launch" Wordpress theme is courtesy of Lauren Gibbons, Thom Hines, Jenn Kaye, Mani Nilchiani, Chris Piuggi, Liz Rutledge

Where & When


February 22 & 23, 2013

Wolman Hall
65 W. 11th Street, 5th Floor

Check the Schedule for more information


October 25 - November 4, 2012

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries

66 Fifth Avenue at 13th Street