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Design Seminar: 21st Century

ARTDES 652.001


Credit Hours: 3
Course Fee: $75
Instructor(s): Marshall, John
Schedule: Fri 9:00a-12:00p
Location: 2430
Modality: In-person


Winter 2022

Prerequisites: Ask your academic advisor.

Description: This course is an exercise in thinking about the distinct challenges of this century and the potential and limits of design practice as a mode of creative response to these. The course uses the question of how we should approach designing in light of the demands that the future makes, to begin a process of re-thinking what design practice can be. This course provides an opportunity to establish a critical framework for contemporary design practice. Integrative” design poses an alternative to the dominant mode of the fetishization of objects and valorizing narratives of 20th Century design. The course is structured to explore the issues that make the 21st Century volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. The course asks candidates to question what the role of design is in the Anthropocene epoch. Candidates consider both threats and opportunities. The course is a survey that seeks to reposition our understanding of what design is — to a mode where we can more readily perceive what design can do. Topics include design for sustainability, social innovation, and how designers can engage policy, sociology, economics, and changing technology.