Sound the Mound

Parsons School of Design: Design Strategies

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Sound the Mound

Spring 2018

Taught By: Andrew Shea

Section: A

CRN: 6303

Credits: 3

This studio addresses complex issues of climate, sanitation, landfill reclamation, public parks, cellular technology, public art, sonification and more. We will work with two partners: Freshkills Park, a reclaimed landfill in Staten Island that will be almost three times the size of Central Park (2200 acres); and Arable, a remote monitoring technology developed for crop management that uses sensors and cellular data to measure and communicate rainfall, crop water demand, water stress, microclimate, canopy biomass, etc. The goal for the course is to build upon prototypes that emerged from a 2016 Transdisciplinary Studio. Students in that course utilized participatory processes, field research, cultural probes, expert research, and service prototyping. They proposed three prototypes that translate environmental data into sensory experience(s) that make the park more vibrant and enjoyable by inviting New Yorkers to explore it remotely or on site. In Fall 2017, a new cohort of students will develop two of the prototypes: “Botanical Transmissions,” which translates data into music-by-and-for-plants using a genetic algorithm that responds to the health of the plants at the park; and “Replay Fest,” an education program that focuses on changing the waste system and consumer behavior through a series of co-created events where children learn about zero waste behavior and innovative sustainable practices— with artists, scientists, designers who are working in these areas— in playful and engaging ways.

Open to: All university graduate students; upper-level undergraduate degree students by instructor permission only.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Design Strategies (PSDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

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: 8:23pm 6/24/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 3:50pm - 6:30pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1203C

Date Range: 1/24/2018 - 5/10/2018