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  What I hear, I forget. What I see, I  
remember. What I do, I understand.

- Confucius
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Changing cities and changing education, together


Looking for a meaningful and exciting semester experience in New York City?


The Living City Project engages New York City as a community, a studio and a classroom. 


Our programs offer city-based experiences for rising college freshmen, semester-leave students, high school grads and adults, working with small groups of peers to creatively address urgent challenges and opportunities facing the city.

APPLY NOW: CityGAP Fall '24

Accepting applications for September through December 2024

CityGAP is a city-based, experiential program for participants age 18-25.

Professional Development: Summer '24

Accepting applications for July and August 2024

Experiential education workshops for high school teachers and staff



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Place-Based We go outdoors in small cohorts of 8-10 to explore the places, and engage the people, of NYC.


Project-Based We ground learning in meaningful projects addressing real-world questions, embedding skills and content in hands-on problem-solving and cultivating participant agency.

Partnerships and Civic Engagement We partner with nonprofits, advocacy groups, city agencies and independent experts to bring deep and specific knowledge to our learners.


Portfolios Participants create robust portfolios of work rooted in NYC, in a variety of academic and creative media.

We work with a team of experienced educators, urbanists, planners, community organizers, policymakers, artists, city government officials, architects, designers, entrepreneurs and civic partners, to provide educational and experiential programs for students in New York City. Here are a few of our partners:

The Workshop (Leroy Street Studios)

The Workshop, a partnership between Leroy Street Studio and Living City Project, is an interdisciplinary team dedicated to the participatory design of community-oriented capital projects. 

We bring community engagement, architectural expertise, design education and funding to underserved communities eager to build, empowering local residents and organizations to contribute to the design of their built environment and make a more resilient, equitable and livable city.

Our work is grounded in the belief that the process of collaborative design is a means of empowering communities, building consensus, producing great design and ensuring equity.

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