Projects Studio 2: Emergent Social Forms
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Level: Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Design Strategies
Department: Transdisciplinary Design
Course Number: PGTD 5101
Course Format: Studio
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
With the proliferation of communication technologies that link people more directly, emergent social forms increasingly challenge the hegemony of centralized networks. In this course, students investigate ways of triggering small-scale social change. While they may not necessarily utilize communication technologies, students are required to prototype networks, nodes, and rule sets that activate and build community. Whether these schemes are local or global, analog or digital, the emphasis is on harnessing the power of swarms. Students further explore the working methodologies emphasized by the design curriculum. The level of complexity is increased; working in groups, students address broader, more socially challenging situations. Students are expected to research and analyze social networks and the emergent practices that help to form them, as well as develop strategies for fostering new kinds of communities and networks. Emphasis is placed on the ability to frame a design brief on an achievable scale and to create final proposals that provide criteria for self-assessment.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: MFA in Transdisciplinary Design majors; others by permission of MFA in Transdisciplinary Design program. Pre-requisite(s): PGTD 5100 Projects Studio 1.


Open to Graduate students.