Parsons The New School for Design was founded upon ideas about challenging existing social conventions, anticipating design trends, and improving the world by encouraging its students to express themselves and be socially innovative. However, the SCE design studio building, located at 25 East 13th Street, provides studio spaces that are very prescriptive in the way students must physically and programmatically engage in them. This type of space is designed for maximum functionality but is not necessarily conducive to the social or aesthetic ideals the school seeks to inspire.
This thesis proposes The New Room as an addition to the building. The top floor of the SCE will be reconsidered as an environment for encouraging the introspective aspects of the creative process, a place where space, light and material interact with the body and inspire creativity. The New Room is a space designed especially for SCE students. It is a place for thinking; a place for inspiring inspiration. The interior and architecture are used to help students become more conscious of their surroundings, and as a result to make more innovative designs.
Thesis Advisor: Alexa Griffith Winton