• Temporary Environments (Minor)

  • Overview

    The Temporary Environments minor is offered through Parsons School of Design.

    This minor introduces undergraduate students to hands-on research on and design and fabrication of ephemeral constructions for shelters, markets, and events. Through processes and methods for design research and material applications, students learn how physical limitations can be quickly framed, transcended, reformed, and dissolved. There is an emphasis on tangible solutions that can be tested in prototyping and field implementation, so that students can develop projects beyond pure concepts. Across topics ranging from the interim conditions for disaster relief to transportable shelters used in camping, from the ephemeral constructions used for public events and markets to exhibitions, temporality and relevant technologies will be used to bring a sense of place to temporary environments.

    The Temporary Environments minor requires successful completion of 18 credits across four subject areas, as outlined in the chart below. Please note that PLSD 2003, History and Theory of Temporary Environments, is required for all students intending to complete this minor.

    Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.


    Subject AreaSample CoursesCredits
    Introduction to Tools and Methods for Discovery, Design, and Development of Project Concepts*PUFY 1240 3D Modeling Techniques
    PUFY 1220 Digital Tools for Layout and Design
    PUFY 1244 Making Meaningful Things
    PUFY 1242 Soft Structures: Sewing and Construction
    PUFY 1005 Critical Studio
    PUFY 1020 Space/Materiality
    PUFY 1100 Sustainable Systems
    PUFY 1040 Time
    PUFY 1200 Drawing: Design Drawing in Context
    Common Vocabulary, Historical Precedents, and Functional Knowledge of Production ElementsPLSD 2003 History and Theory of Temporary Environments3
    Skills-Focused Studio/SeminarUENV 2000 Environment and Society
    PSCE 3110 Kinetic Modeling
    PSDS 2115 Creative Team Dynamics: Identity and Change
    Project-Based Studio/SeminarPSDS 2532 Collaborative: Urban Interventions
    PSCE 3010 Ephemeral Constructions: Temporary Environments
    PSCE 3020 Design Build
    PSAM 3071 CD Studio: Experience in Space
    PSAM 3263 Projected Environments
    PSCE 3021 Pop-Up Design
    PSCE 4021 Designing Sustainable Foodscapes
    PSCE 4023 Performance and Space

    *Students who have introductory-level studio skills/experience should instead select 6 credits of coursework in the subject areas Skills-Focused Studio/Seminar and/or Project-Based Studio/Seminar.

    Learning Outcomes

    A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate

    • Knowledge of the historical role of temporary structures and environments as social innovations
    • Competence in the creation of drawings, diagrams, and models to represent, develop, and test concepts
    • An understanding and functional knowledge of production elements such as project planning, installation procedures, project management, and specification of materials and equipment
    • An understanding of the language and importance of the simple concepts of scale, tectonics, systems, mechanics, and space making for temporary environments that include shelters, markets, or events
    • Strength in working on individual projects, in working as a member of a team, and in integrating effective communication with community stakeholders involved in the design process and/or field research


    Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School. For questions regarding this minor's curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Mike Verbos, assistant professor of product design, at verbosm@newschool.edu.

    How to Declare or Change a Minor

    General guidelines for declaring a minor are available here. Current students can declare or change a minor by logging in to my.newschool.edu, clicking on the Academics tab, and then clicking on the link to Major/Minor Declarations.

  • Take the Next Step

    Contact your Student Success advisor to discuss how a minor will fit with your degree requirements.

    Declare or change a minor on my.newschool.edu in the Academics tab. Note that some minors require an application.

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