Honeybee Colonies: Art, Design, Science and Culture

Parsons School of Design: Design Strategies

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Honeybee Colonies

Fall 2022

Taught By: Mark Randall

Section: A

CRN: 11901

Credits: 3

In the 19th century, the bee was a popular symbol of industry and co-operation. Caricaturist George Cruikshank's 1840 drawing the British Bee Hive, illustrates a diverse range of English professions within a stringent and divided pyramid-based social hierarchy. For thousands of years, humans have had a close relationship with bees. Honeybee colonies not only provide honey and beeswax, they are also a powerful metaphor for life; a lens through which we can explore art, design, science and culture. Bee colonies have complex systems for communication and organization, and a remarkably democratic decision-making process. Honeycomb is an astonishing feat of engineering and strength. Pots of edible honey have been excavated in 3,000 year-old Egyptian tombs. This course will investigate the world of the honeybee in all of its complexity. Through hands-on learning, readings, lectures, field trips and design-led research, participants will explore one of the most remarkable insects on the planet and how they relate to natural science, sustainable systems, social history, gastronomy, art and design. Informed by their research and learnings from the class, students will produce a final project inspired by bees in the medium of their choice.

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Design Strategies (PSDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: December 18, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

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: 11:06am EST 11/26/2022

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm

Building: Academic Entrance 63 Fifth Ave

Room: 600

Date Range: 8/30/2022 - 12/13/2022