Thinking Design for this Century: Assembly

Parsons School of Design: School of Design Strategies

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Thinking Design this Century
Fall 2024
Taught By: Lara Penin
Section: A

CRN: 9635

Credits: 3

Two decades into this century, our lives have been impacted by a constellation of interconnected emerging issues: from global pandemics to Black Lives Matter, from the “Me Too” movement, from climate emergency to economic depression. This course considers how design intervenes in, and responds to contemporary contexts and crises. What is the capacity of design to pose other possible worlds? We will examine the role of design in its potential to catalyze positive change as well as perpetuate systemic inequalities. How might design depart from disciplinary norms and cannons of earlier design movements and respond to current demands for a society of greater equity, care and justice for all. The course will utilize the format of a series of student-led "assembly" events, inviting diverse sets of guests to debate and dialogue through prompts. A seminar component accompanies the assembly planning work, followed by processes of generative analysis and synthesis to orient design practice.

Open to: MFA in Transdisciplinary Design majors; others by permission of MFA in Transdisciplinary Design program.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Design Strategies (SDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 15, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 4:14am EDT 6/21/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Thursday
Times: 9:00am - 11:40am
Building: TBD
Room: TBD
Date Range: 9/2/2024 - 12/15/2024