Explore NYC Together

connecting & creating outside in the city



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The Living City Project sees New York City as a community, a studio and a classroom. Founded by educators and urbanists passionate about experiential learning, our programs offer outdoor, city-based experiences for rising college freshmen, semester leave students and high schoolers working with small groups of peers to creatively address the urgent challenges and opportunities facing the city today.



The Living City Project:


  • provides meaningful and challenging group learning experiences in the New York City landscape. Our students grow as scholars, citizens, creators and human beings, finding meaning, passion and purpose, addressing the critical question: how do we change the city and world for the better?

  • employs a collaborative design studio model where students brainstorm, research, design, create and present original work (documentaries, creative fiction, historical research, original art, performances, podcasts, policy memos, etc.) to community partners, scholars, practitioners and experts. 

  • creates a relevant and COVID-safe environment for learning and exploring by using the built and natural environment as an outdoor classroom to engage current issues of concern and opportunity. (All of our programs observe strict COVID-19 protocols for social distancing and safety.)




Students create and discover

  • A transformative experience in which you find your passions, make lifelong friends, develop resilience, cultivate empathy, and help improve the world

  • Active learning experiences that support intellectual, physical and emotional growth, personal independence, and the mastery of life skills

  • A robust portfolio of projects capturing meaningful, rigorous, life-changing work that contributes to expanded college choices and lifelong pursuits

  • Greater clarity over your college and life paths

  • Discovering new career paths and forging relationships with potential future mentors and employers