Designing in Dark Times: Possibilities for Thought and Action

University Liberal Arts: University Lecture Program

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Designing in Dark Times

Spring 2022

Taught By: Eduardo Staszowski

Section: A

CRN: 11778

Credits: 3

This course will be taught by Eduardo Staszowski and Virginia Tassinari. What does it mean to consider design’s role in times of fear and uncertainty? What can designing as a mode of thinking/acting possibly add to the contemporary philosophical discourse? The “Designing in Dark Times” course will look at designing as a means of articulating unforeseen possibilities and will show how it offers key capabilities for thinking and acting today. The old division between the theoretical focus of the social sciences and the practical stance integral to designing, making, and shaping the world is dissolving. It then becomes relevant to explore how designing can be considered as a reflective mode of acting that brings together thought and action: a mode of action that is much needed in times in which, on the one side, critique often misses touching on reality, while, on the other side the “dark times” we are living urgently require the development of capacities for transformative actions. In particular, this seminar-workshop course will study the intersection between design and philosophy to explore new ways of designing and knowing. Our aim is to push the boundaries of both design and thought, to make each more capable of opening genuine possibilities to address the myriad failures of the present. The course is intended for students from a variety of disciplines. We are especially interested in studying the ways in which designing, in the broadest definition of the term, has become indistinguishable from action in general, and designers (professional or not) are increasingly engaging in the public realm, exploring new models of action to transform our relationship with governments, cities, organizations, technologies, and natural systems. Additionally, we are interested in what critique is today, and in how designing can be considered as an “operational critique”.

College: University Liberal Arts (UL)

Department: University Lecture Program (ULIB)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: February 6, 2022 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 17, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* 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: 6:51am 1/20/2022 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 9:55am - 11:45am

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 1/28/2022 - 5/13/2022