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Parsons Festival 2017: Street Seats

Parsons Festival 2017: Street Seats

25 East 13th Street
General Public 

In collaboration with the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), the Design Build course of the School of Constructed Environments, taught by professors Huy Bui and Carlos Gomez de Llarena, has developed this year’s Street Seats project for the corner of 13th Street and Fifth Avenue.

The DOT Street Seats program reclaims portions of New York City’s streets for much needed public space. These spaces provide a safe and attractive seating area for the public and the New School community. The course explored alternatives to the city’s standard Street Seats design and imagined a space that reflects The New School’s ethics and vision. The New School will welcome spring by exhibiting an innovative space where its community and the public will converge.

The design uses the provided 40ft x 6ft space along the curb of 13th Street where it incorporates an area to relax, converse, and interact with the city. The components of the space will be constructed in-house and then installed on site on April 22nd, coinciding with The New School’s Earth Week. The installation will be completed during the day and can be observed by passersbys. With a generous amount of planters and movable seating, this public seating area will be an evolving space over it’s seven month lifespan.

Visitors can drop by the corner of 13th Street and 5th Avenue to watch the installation on April 22nd.

The 2017 Street Seats program is sponsored by the School of Constructed Environments BFA in Architectural Design and is supported by the NYC Department of Transportation and a Cross School Grant from the School of Constructed Environments and The School of Design Strategies at The New School.

Earth Week at The New School is dedicated to championing environmental justice, inspiring activism through artistic expression and design, fostering professional opportunities in environmental sectors, promoting sustainable practices, and advancing sustainability in New York City and the world.

Parsons Festival is an annual series of art and design events in which cutting-edge student work is presented to the Parsons community and the public. The festival takes place at the end of each academic year and includes thesis exhibitions and critiques, thought-provoking public programs, interactive installations, gallery openings, workshops, and special events.

The New School’s Parsons School of Design, which was recently named the number one art and design school in the United States by Top Universities, has been a pioneer in art and design education for more than a century. Based in New York but active around the world, Parsons offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of design disciplines. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. An integral part of The New School, Parsons builds on the university’s legacy of progressive ideals, scholarship, and pedagogy. Parsons graduates are leaders in their respective fields with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century.

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