Racism, Classism and the Constructed Environment

Parsons School of Design: Constructed Environments

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Racism and Classism

Spring 2022

Taught By: Faculty TBA

Section: A

CRN: 9305

Credits: 3

Legacies of slavery and economic injustice are embedded in our constructed environments, in the US and worldwide. Yet, for too long, designers and architects have conveniently ignored or, at best, unsatisfactorily acknowledged our complicity with systemic racism and privilege. In the United States, white supremacy and racism have caused acute harm and injustice to Black Americans and Indigenous peoples for 400 years and longer, resulting in their impoverishment, social ostracization, physical brutality, and death. The uneven distribution of wealth, income, and opportunity have created additional vulnerability to the cascading global impacts of climate change and pandemics that have tragically resurfaced and deepened long-standing divides of race and class in American life and across the world. Through a combination of readings, lectures, discussions, and reflections, this 7-week intensive, online class will consider how racism and classism have informed the professions and industries that shape our constructed environment, including architecture, industrial design, interior design, and lighting design. Asynchronous activities will be complemented by a synchronous lecture series, meeting weekly during the 7-week session. Please note the course meeting time reflects the synchronized session; additional time will be expected for asynchronous materials. By understanding the legacy of injustice in the Constructed Environments, we may begin the difficult and necessary work of moving forward in a more just and equitable manner.

Open to: All undergraduate students. Pre-requisite(s): none.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Constructed Environments (PSCE)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 30

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: 4:55am 10/22/2021 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 7:00pm - 8:50pm

Building: TBD

Room: TBD

Date Range: 1/25/2022 - 5/10/2022