EVENT CANCELLED: Negotiating the Terrain of Design Studies: Research, Reflection, Practice Day 2

9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

 Due to continuing power outages in Lower Manhattan, The New School will remain closed until Monday, November 5, therefore this event has been cancelled. Please check the events calendar should this be rescheduled.

 Like design itself, design studies is a multifarious enterprise. Some see it as a branch of the humanities that examines how aesthetic and intellectual histories continue to inform design today. Others view it as a social science with knowledge and research techniques that can enhance the work of institutions, businesses, foundations, NGOs, and think tanks. Still others understand design studies as an integral dimension of the kind of design practices that prioritize research and questions over finite solutions.

To mark the inaugural year of Parsons' MA Design Studies program, this symposium will shed light on these perspectives, and, at the same time, explore the terrain they share in common.

9:30 a.m. - Breakfast and Welcome from Tim Marshall, Provost

10:00 a.m. – Noon The Values in (and of) Reflective Research

  • Alison Clarke, professor of Design History and Theory at the University of Applied Arts Vienna
  • Victor Margolin, professor emeritus of Design History at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Clive Dilnot, professor, Design Studies, Parsons
  • Moderator: Susan Yelavich, director, MA Design Studies

1:30–3:30 p.m. - The Values in (and of) Applied Research in Profit and Non-Profit Contexts

  • Jurgen Hausler, chairman, Interbrand Central and Eastern Europe
  • Hugh Dubberly, principal, Dubberly Design Office, San Francisco
  • Lara Penin, assistant professor, School of Design Strategies, Parsons
  • Moderator: Jamer Hunt, director, MFA Transdisciplinary Design, Parsons

4:00-5:00 p.m. - Summary Roundtable on Design Studies Perspectives
Respondent Panelists include:

  • Cameron Tonkinwise, director, Design Studies, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Orit Halpern, assistant professor, Committee on Historical Studies, NSSR
  • Moderator: Susan Yelavich, director, MA Design Studies

Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street)

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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Email: nisonr@newschool.edu

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