Poetics of Design

Parsons School of Design: School of Constructed Env.

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Poetics of Design
Fall 2023
Taught By: Robert Kirkbride
Section: A

CRN: 14544

Credits: 3

Must sustainability be ugly? Is beauty superficial? Are aesthetics and ethics at opposite poles or two sides of the same coin? This interdisciplinary course examines poetics at its root, the Greek word poiein (to make). As a poem is breathed to life through performance, so is an artifact brought to life through its use, its inhabitation. From long tradition, material craft and the craft of thought have been mutually influential. More recently, however, the perception that we make our own thoughts from any and all available materials – poems, paintings, cities and dreams – has yielded to a passive view that thoughts are things we simply have. A collection of readings and student-led topical discussions focus on locations and materials of memory and identity. Across the semester, investigations begin in the workings of the mind and conclude in the public realm. Through a series of design and written exercises students will produce interlinking/nested vessels for preserving experience. These will be gathered into a final ark containing the semester’s work and an 8-page research paper, which together form a personal manifesto about the design process.

Open to: All university graduate degree students; upper-level undergraduate students by permission of the instructor. Pre-requisite(s): none.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Constructed Env. (SCE)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few 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: 10:32pm EST 2/22/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Wednesday
Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm
Building: 66 5th Ave
Room: 400
Date Range: 8/30/2023 - 12/6/2023