Poetics of Design

Parsons School of Design: Constructed Environments

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Poetics of Design

Fall 2019

Taught By: Robert Kirkbride

Section: A

CRN: 3025

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 graduate students and Junior and Senior undergraduate students by permission of thier Program Director and the Instructor 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: 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: 4:52am 9/24/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 4:00pm - 6:40pm

Building: Parsons East 25 E13th

Room: 302

Date Range: 8/28/2019 - 12/11/2019