Materials & Performance
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Level: Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Constructed Environments
Department: Interior Design
Course Number: PGID 5122
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course is an intensive research seminar into materials in design, from the structural to the decorative, as viewed through the critical lens of sustainability. Part lecture, part research lab, and part field work, this course gives an overview of the role of materials in the formation and execution of spatial concept. Throughout the semester, relationships between material, performance and use are established and evaluated within a practice of committed sustainability. Traditional, composite, and interactive materials are introduced and discussed. Accompanying this course are field trips to product and material manufacturers and research laboratories as well as a variety of materials libraries. Use of fabrication shops are incorporated into course assignments. The course focuses on issues of materials and sustainability with the goal of developing a sensibility about the way material decisions affect the environment and the performance of interior spaces.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Pre-requisite(s): none. Open to: Masters Degree in Interior Design and Masters Degree in Interior Design and Lighting Design Double Major Only; Others by permission.


Open to Lang/Parsons BA/BFA students.

Open to Parsons School of Design students.


Open to Graduate students.


Open to Interior Design students.

Open to Interior/Lighting Design students.