Since 1919, The New School has been home to scholars, creators, and activists who challenge convention and boldly make their mark on the world.
To celebrate this groundbreaking legacy, we are opening our doors to the public for a weeklong festival of innovative performances, talks, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and more.

On October 1–6, 2019, join us as we reflect on a century of world-changing ideas and together imagine a new kind of future.

The Festival of New is free and open to all.
Thursday, October 3 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Servant Spaces, Infrastructures and People

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Across the first century of its existence, The New School challenged the status quo and assumptions about how things work in politics, society and our communities. In Servant Spaces, Infrastructures and People, Parsons School of Constructed Environments celebrates The New School’s commitment to social justice with a cluster of demitasse talks and a panel conversation that reconsider infrastructures that hide in plain sight, right under our noses – from drinking straws, chopsticks and microfarms, to life-preserving ductwork, notions of shelter and service ecologies.

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Robert Kirkbride

Dean of School of Constructed Environments, Associate Professor of Architecture and Product Design, Parsons School of Design
Robert Kirkbride is Dean of Parsons' School of Constructed Environments and Professor of Architecture and Product Design. Dr. Kirkbride has been director of studio ‘patafisico for 25 years, and is also Spokesperson and a founding Trustee for PreservationWorks, a non-profit organization... Read More →
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Andrew Rudd

Urban Environment Officer, UN-Habitat
Andrew Rudd is the Urban Environment Officer in UN-Habitat's Urban Planning and Design Branch where he leads substantive outreach on sustainable cities. Recently he helped secure the adoption of the urban Sustainable Development Goal (SDG-11) and the first global metrics on urban... Read More →
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David Brody

Professor of Design Studies, Parsons School of Design
David Brody is a Professor of Design Studies at Parsons. He is the author of Visualizing American Empire: Orientalism and Imperialism in the Philippines and more recently Housekeeping and Design: Hotels and Labor. Both books were published by the University of Chicago Press. He... Read More →
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Sharon Sutton

Visiting Professor of Architecture, Parsons School of Design
Dr. Sharon Egretta Sutton, FAIA is an activist educator and public scholar who promotes inclusivity in the cultural makeup of the city-making professions and in the populations they serve, and also advocates for participatory planning and design processes in disenfranchised communities.Over... Read More →
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Jaeseong Yi

Product Designer, Farmshelf
Jaeseong Yi is a product designer focusing on the intersection of frontier tech and food systems. He currently works at Farmshelf, where he is part of an interdisciplinary team that is developing smart indoor farms that enable anyone to grow food where they live, work and eat. With... Read More →

Thursday October 3, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm EDT
Starr Foundation Hall - UL102