Parsons School of Design: Design Strategies

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Collab: BioDesign Challenge

Spring 2019

Taught By: Jane Pirone

Section: A

CRN: 4723

Credits: 3

Collab: Biodesign Challenge- Biotechnology is spreading into every part of our daily lives, from materials, textiles, and medicines, to foods and everyday products. Today’s designer must become fluent and engaged with this critical new domain. In this Collab Studio, Parsons will work in partnership with The Biodesign Challenge (, an innovative and cutting-edge design competition for art and design universities. In this course, we will use this platform to explore this new area from a social and critical context, beginning to understand how designers might collaborate with researchers and practitioners from the scientific community. Participating students will have a groundbreaking opportunity to learn about biodesign and apply it to their own practice, while being exposed to many perspectives and approaches. Other participating universities include CMU, Penn, NYU, Rensselaer Polytechnic, FIT, SAIC, SVA, MICA, and SciArc. Students will form teams to research, investigate, and create projects which envision future applications for biotechnology. Projects will harness science to reshape and improve the form and functions of designed objects -- from garments to ubiquitous products. Teams will push the limits of current industries and provoke new ways to design for the future. We will examine and discuss issues from genetic privacy to modified foods, to understand the fears and debates about the future of biotechnology, and to inform future designers to work with biotech thoughtfully and ethically. Winning teams will be chosen and the winners will go on to showcase their work and present their projects in front of key museum curators, scientists, professional designers, and companies at The Biodesign Summit in June 2018. No prior experience in biodesign is necessary.

Open To: all university graduate students and all university upper-level undergraduate students.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Design Strategies (PSDS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 32

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: 9:48pm 9/20/2018

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 3:50pm - 6:30pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1203A

Date Range: 1/28/2019 - 5/13/2019