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Explore NYC


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

APPLY NOW: CityGAP Fall '23

Accepting applications for September through December, 2023

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

  • Engage with New York as a classroom, laboratory, studio and community.

  • Wrestle with the current challenges facing the city. 

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

  • Create original group and 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. 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 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.



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