Form, Function, and Meaning of Constructed Spaces from the 15th to the 20st Centuries

Parsons School of Design: Interior Design

Non-Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Interior Design Survey

Fall 2019

Taught By: Ioanna Theocharopoulou

Section: A

CRN: 1772

Credits: 3

The study of Interiors is a rich field that can provide us with a sense of broad social, political, and cultural perspectives. Yet interiors are still largely unexplored as a historical field of study, partly because they are essentially ephemeral and hard to trace, mostly lacking the kinds of documents (plans, sections, photographs, other historical records), that architectural history relies on. This class aims to re-think the study of interiors: rather than conceiving interiors as merely the “empty” spaces contained by architecture, we will suggest a much broader understanding of interiors, by seeking new analytic tools that may help us explore what interiors are, have been, and increasingly will be. Our approach, as evidenced through the topics we will study ---such as modernity, privacy, comfort, domesticity, gender, sustainability--- addresses Interior Design as a socially relevant practice that is closely in step with daily life and local cultures. Whereas non-western examples will be considered, given the availability of source material, emphasis will necessarily be on western contexts. Students will be strongly encouraged to explore non-western interiors in their own research.

Pre-requisite(s): none. Open to: Masters Degree in Interior Design and Masters Degree in Interior Design and Lighting Design Double Major Only; Others by permission.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Interior Design (PGID)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 30

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five 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: 8:55am 3/24/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019