Circular Economies in Action

Parsons School of Design: School of Design Strategies

Non-Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Circular Economies in Action
Fall 2024
Taught By: Timothy Furstnau and Faculty TBA
Section: A

CRN: 17402

Credits: 3

This course invites students passionate about sustainable design to explore the principles and politics of circular economies while participating in an ecological restoration project transforming “invasive” plants into useful products. Through field trips, expert lectures, and independent and collaborative projects, we will become familiar with life cycle assessments and other metrics, multi-stakeholder frameworks, circular economy business plans, criticisms around scale, waste, and degrowth, and ways to better incorporate equity, inclusion, and social justice into circular economies. Participants will examine case studies, prototype designs using New York plant biomaterials, and design proposals for specific contexts meaningful to their own backgrounds and practices. While broadening ecological literacies and sharpening design instincts, this immersive experience at the intersection of design, ecology, and community impact will help prepare designers for critical analysis and real-world implementation of circular models as part of the urgent project of designing alternative economies.

Open to: All upper-level university undergraduate degree students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: School of Design Strategies (SDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2024 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2024 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 3:58pm EDT 7/12/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Friday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: 6 East 16th Street
Room: 600
Date Range: 8/26/2024 - 12/15/2024