History of Temporary Environments

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

History of Temp Environments

Spring 2022

Taught By: Faculty TBA

Section: A

CRN: 8477

Credits: 3

The history and theory of design has tended to champion permanence and to relegate the temporary to the margins, as if a lesser imitation of a more permanent ideal. This course will consider history and theory of temporary environments from around the world with the aim of opening up design possibilities and investigating these considerable biases and challenges in our history, our practices, our thinking, and our institutions. How might we understand the multi-layered complexity of the categories of “temporary” and “environment”? Does temporary include “transient”? Does it mean “short-lived” or “impermanent”? “Fleeting”? “Ephemeral”? And does “environment” simply mean the space that surrounds us, or does it also hold specific historical connotations, particularly for the design professions? This course will offer tools to approach such questions critically, and it will be rooted in an unconventional array of historical examples that includes favelas, protest spaces, yurts, the building cuts of Godon Matta-Clark, and the choreography of Trisha Brown, to name only a few. Students will produce their own research on temporary environments, building on their individual interests and knowledge bases. Throughout the semester, as a group and individually, we will address the following question: how might a focus on temporary environments reveal new opportunities for thinking, writing, designing, and building that are more agile, more sustainable, and more just?

Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshman and sophomores only. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.

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: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (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: 12:41pm 10/17/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 1/26/2022 - 5/11/2022