Community Engagement and Design

Parsons School of Design: Constructed Environments

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Comm Engage & Design

Fall 2020

Taught By: Jean Gardner

Section: A

CRN: 3092

Credits: 3

Unpredictable and unfamiliar dynamics are currently affecting all communities across the Earth. But the worldwide Climate Emergency and the Covid-19 Pandemic play out differently in each bioregion. We will explore your community in its bioregion to discover its uniqueness, both past and present. How? by fully embracing simultaneously being ‘onLine-onSite.’ To do this, we will collaborate with CubeEduTours, located in Karachi, Pakistan, in the Indus River Bioregion. OnLine we are a community reaching around the Earth. At the same time, you are onSite in a local community in a unique bioregion. We will use skills and techniques developed by Zain Mustafa of CubeEduTours and Jean Gardner, Associate Professor of Social-Ecological History and Design. Our intent: to unearth what makes where you are on the Earth singular within the Earth’s ecosystems. We will also dig up how each distinctive bioregion contributes to the diversity of life across the Earth. This multiplicity is necessary for the health and well-being of all animals, including humans, as well as plants, and all other life forms. Whatever the skill you are developing -- architect, artist, storyteller, writer, cook, musician, policy maker --, we will learn together how to explore on the ground a bioregion’s hidden heritage; how to recognize signs of change; and how to co-create with local interest groups an on-going inclusive tomorrow that brings the past into the present, not as nostalgia but as potential. The following central question will be considered: How can we ground our unique local communities to address the global Climate Emergency and global Covid-19 Pandemic? Exploring local communities on the ground, we will be alert to what we experience directly as our beginning point. Students will participate in weekly discussions, conduct research on their bioregions and relate them to present opportunities. Using the professional skills you are developing, you will create a living ‘story’ in the ‘language of your art’ to guide your own future and the future of our home – The Earth. . Pre-requisite(s): none. This course counts as an elective course for the Graduate Minors in Civic Service Design and Creative Community Development.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Constructed Environments (PSCE)

Campus: Online (DL)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

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

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* 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: 2:37am 11/26/2020 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 9/2/2020 - 12/16/2020