"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

Explore NYC Together

connecting & creating in the city

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ABOUT US

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, high schoolers and adults working with small groups of peers to creatively address urgent challenges and opportunities facing the city.

 

OUR APPROACH

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, challenging and 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. 

 
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OUTCOMES

 

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