Ethnography and Design: Forms of Programming
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Constructed Environments
Department: Interior Design
Course Number: PGID 5133
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course addresses the multiplicity of factors that constitute the programming of spaces. At a time when programs are no longer independent entities, there is currently a need to respond to culture, history, integration of technology, hybrid functions, interactive media and evolving systems. The use of contemporary models will be used to explore: client and user relationships, critical and analytical thinking, human behavior, research, and systems and methods of communication. Once these elements are uncovered, the materialization of ideas are translated into possible systems, inclusive of material, spatial, technical and graphic. To guide in the development of working collaboratively, a series of guest lectures include graphic designers, anthropologists, sociologists, educators, engineers and architects. Discussions and critiques will contribute to the development of the thesis in the second year.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Pre-requisite(s): PGID 5001 Design Studio 1. Open to: Masters Degree in Interior Design and Masters Degree in Interior Design and Lighting Design Double Major Only; Others by permission.


Open to Parsons School of Design students.


Open to Graduate students.


Open to Interior Design students.

Open to Interior/Lighting Design students.