Projects Studio 2: Emergent Social Forms

Parsons School of Design: Transdisciplinary Design

Non-Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Projects Studio 2

Spring 2018

Taught By: Elliott Montgomery

Section: A

CRN: 2224

Credits: 6

With the proliferation of communication technologies that link people more directly, emergent social forms increasingly challenge the hegemony of centralized networks. In this course, students investigate ways of triggering small-scale social change. While they may not necessarily utilize communication technologies, students are required to prototype networks, nodes, and rule sets that activate and build community. Whether these schemes are local or global, analog or digital, the emphasis is on harnessing the power of swarms. Students further explore the working methodologies emphasized by the design curriculum. The level of complexity is increased; working in groups, students address broader, more socially challenging situations. Students are expected to research and analyze social networks and the emergent practices that help to form them, as well as develop strategies for fostering new kinds of communities and networks. Emphasis is placed on the ability to frame a design brief on an achievable scale and to create final proposals that provide criteria for self-assessment.

Open to: MFA in Transdisciplinary Design majors; others by permission of MFA in Transdisciplinary Design program. Pre-requisite(s): PGTD 5100 Projects Studio 1.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Transdisciplinary Design (PGTD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Max Enrollment: 25

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: 6:14pm 5/25/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1203A

Date Range: 1/22/2018 - 5/14/2018