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Design Studio 1B: Integration

ARTDES 651 .1


Credit Hours: 3
Course Fee: 100
Instructor(s): Bennett, Audrey
Schedule: Wed 9:00a-12:00p
Modality: In-person


Fall 2021

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.
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