Body and Mind in Nature and Design

Parsons School of Design: Constructed Environments

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Body and Mind

Spring 2020

Taught By: Jean Gardner

Section: A

CRN: 5409

Credits: 3

In this course students will explore the following key questions: What is the relation between your playing and your designing? How does your body and your mind relate to nature? Is this a cultural relationship or an instinctual one? How do nature and culture affect the designs you make? You will have opportunities to explore these questions through play in this class. Your starting point is your own immediate experiences. How do they form yourbody and mind and affect your design work and relation to nature? The focus of this course is on experiential, first person, embodied learning, not on abstract theories. What does this mean to you? It means to engage in what you are learning. It means to listen with all your sensory modalities and to participate fully in practices and discussions in the classroom and on field trips. It means to develop projects using your embodied experiences. In particular, we will explore how your lived experiences can help you to develop designs for a more resilient, ever-changing, but sustainable world. To do this, we will investigate your creative process and that of designers, scientists, theoreticians, artists, and other practitioners. The mid-term and final projects will enhance your tacit, body knowledge. They will help you understand how design engages your body and mind. You will learn also how what you know how to do informs what you design to make the world more sustainable and resilient.

Open to: All university undergraduates.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Constructed Environments (PSCE)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

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: 9:51am 9/21/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm



Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/6/2020