Prototyping Utopia

Parsons School of Design: School of Design Strategies

Non-Liberal Arts
Graduate Course
Degree Students
Prototyping Utopia
Spring 2024
Taught By: Killeen Hanson
Section: A

CRN: 14890

Credits: 3

Is utopia possible? And if so, what shape might it take? Together, we’ll explore and study a dozen real-life attempts at utopia, with a particular focus on the Shakers. Students will use primary sources alongside works of art, literature, and social history to examine the history of utopias and the ways in which ideologies take shape in designed objects, spaces, and social systems. The centerpiece of the course is a weekend residency at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA. There, students will use archival materials to explore the Shakers’ ongoing impact on American material culture, urban planning, organizational design, and aesthetics. Students will then respond to today’s social, technological, environmental, economic, and political landscapes with their own material prototype of utopia.

Open to: All university graduate degree students; upper-level undergraduates by permission.

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: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

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: 10:32pm EDT 4/14/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Friday
Times: 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Building: 66 5th Ave
Room: 716
Date Range: 1/26/2024 - 5/10/2024