Keeping Place, Making Time: Everyday Design Practices as Organizational Devices

Parsons School of Design: Sch. Art and Dsgn Hist and Th

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Keeping Place, Making Time
Fall 2023
Taught By: Caroline Dionne
Section: A

CRN: 14441

Credits: 3

In the context of the recent global pandemic, as we work and learn from home, different activities and objects have entered the space of our personal lives. Adapting to the constraints of social-distancing and remote education, we have had to make quick changes to spatial and temporal distributions: we imagined new ways to make and share space; we gained unprecedented autonomy in designing our own life-work schedules. Freed from the contingencies of commuting, we found ourselves with more time on our hands, less structure, and little guidance. For many of us, time feels more intangible than ever before. What is the impact of everyday acts of placemaking and place-keeping in relation to our experience of time? Is scheduling a design activity? A life skill? Is there an “art of making time”? Can daily activities such as cooking, walking, cleaning, entertaining ourselves and each other be mobilized in the development of organizational skills? This course combines theoretical explorations with a practiced-based project. On the one hand, we will look at work-life spatial dynamics historically and from a broad cultural perspective, with careful attention to social justice and inequities based on gender, race, and class. On the other, we will ground our reflection in an at-home DIY project. Students will experiment with objects, spaces, activities, and planning devices close at hand. A panel of guests will contribute to the conversation by sharing their respective struggles, skills, and approaches. The format of the course is a hybrid studio-seminar that involves close reading of selected material, oral presentations and active participation to discussions, short written assignments (journaling and criticism), and the design and documentation of a creative project.

Open to: All university graduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Sch. Art and Dsgn Hist and Th (ADHT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 11:38am EST 11/28/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday
Times: 1:55pm - 3:45pm
Building: Parsons 2 W 13th
Room: 501
Date Range: 8/29/2023 - 12/5/2023