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"I can't think of another time in the city's modern history when its future felt more alive with possibility."
Jonathan Mahler, New York Times, 6.13.2021

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.

  • Wrestle with the current challenges facing the city. 

  • Partner with city officials, artists, policymakers, journalists, performers, activists, entrepreneurs and more.

  • Create original individual projects in a variety of media.

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The Living City Project


  • provides meaningful and challenging group learning experiences in the New York City landscape that allow our participants 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 participants brainstorm, research, design, create and present original work to community partners, scholars, policymakers, artists, practitioners and experts. 

  • creates a relevant and challenging environment for learning and exploring by using the built and natural environment as an outdoor classroom to engage current issues and seize opportunities to contribute to meaningful change.



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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