PLHT

3010

Making + Meaning: History

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Making + Meaning: Materials

Spring 2021

Taught By: Faculty TBA

Section: A

CRN: 8428

Credits: 3

DHP students take at least one “Making + Meaning” course each year. These courses form the spine of our program. Design practice, broadly defined, will be engaged as a critical methodology. You will be provided instruction that is both skills-driven--in, for example, writing, accessories design, or printmaking--and content driven--for example, the history of the prison industrial complex, or geography studied from the perspective of cultural theory and photographic history. Making+ Meaning 3: HISTORY calls into question our assumptions about time and space that form our concepts of history, in particular design history and cultural theory. We will ask what makes, and distinguishes, facts and values. We will imagine alternative futures and consider what it means to “make” our present. Concepts such as contingency, teleology, and progress will be introduced. The course places particular emphasis on imaginaries of time and space that not only make themselves felt in how history is told, but also affects how we encounter other histories. Students will be encouraged to integrate the knowledge they acquire from their studio and seminar experiences in the Making + Meaning courses.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*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: 11:50pm 7/9/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Thursday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/21/2021 - 5/6/2021

Making + Meaning: Prototyping

Fall 2020

Taught By: Ulrich Lehmann

Section: A

CRN: 9148

Credits: 3

This course is about prototyping as creative technique and as concept. It combines design practice in the studio with theoretical instruction, as an inclusive method of applied critique. Material and conceptual prototypes are developed and tested against the background of positioning critical design practice in the digital age. In today’s design culture the emphasis has shifted from the realized, manufactured object to the digital concept, which is meant to entice investors to support the advent of a novelty that can be integrated into an existing market. New digital design and manufacturing technologies, combined with communication across media platforms, leads an increasingly shortened cycle of producing prototypes as mere applications (often, literally, as apps). Conversely, prototypes in manufacture are established as models from which other forms can be developed; they are templates or moulds that serve as original forms to be copied and serialized. Prototypes are anterior to the type-form of an object; they establish a typology, a genre or family of things. Through a series of studio workshops and seminars the course thus debates the contrasting practical and theoretical aspects of the prototype. From the distinction between various functions of prototypes, via testing methods, to conceptual notions of typology or genre, the course combines the production of prototypes with their cultural meaning.

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*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: 11:50pm 7/9/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: TBD

Date Range: 9/1/2020 - 12/15/2020