City Scripts

is a discussion on politics and design

confronts challenges facing cities

is an archive of voices

reaches beyond ivy walls

influences policy and design

seeks beauty

is not just for wonks


City Scripts

City Scripts is committed to the exploration of the intersection of politics and the design of the built environment. Its mission is to advance discussion and debate on issues that affect the quality of life in all built environments. City Scripts promotes discourse that shifts boundaries, the consequence of narrowly defined disciplinary thought, in order to expand understanding and initiate transformation. The objective of City Scripts is to create an ongoing, interdisciplinary and applied dialogue that extends beyond the university to influence both policy and design.

City Scripts was founded in 2017 by faculty at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the School of Architecture, Syracuse University. It is supported by the Kresge Foundation, American Cities Program; the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the School of Architecture at Syracuse University; and the Syracuse University, Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excel­lence.

Online Event

Small Talks is a virtual conversation among community members, policy-makers, planners, developers, and academics about housing issues in Syracuse. It is a community discussion that gives voice to those who are most affected by proposed changes in the city. Hear your neighbors, members of the Syracuse community, planners, and others, and talk to them! Everyone has the freedom and opportunity to express their views.

We encourage all to participate in this important discussion. We look forward to hearing from you and learning what you have to say about the future of your neighborhood. To schedule a recording and interview and to ask questions about the project, please contact Madeleine Hamlin at

Members of the Community Address Housing Issues in Syracuse