Cultivated City & Urban Garden for New Campus

The Office for Community Engaged Learning will be launching a fourth Dean’s Service Scholars academic course for Fall 2021: INTM-SHU 267 The Cultivated City. This course examines the idea and practices of ‘cultivation’ in relation to the challenging environment of the 21st century city. Through field trips, readings and discussions, the class explores the concept of cultivation, and how it can be used as a basis for researching the urban ecology of Shanghai, both as a past and future city. In Fall 2021, it will focus on the context of planting an urban garden at NYU Shanghai's new campus in Qiantian. Students will work on a service project designed to help build community and participate in the creation of an inspiring outdoor landscape for our future home. Apply now for limited spots here. Inquiries can be directed to Professor Anna Greenspan ( or Chunhao Qian ( 


The new campus's central courtyard. (Image courtesy of KPF)