Design and the Workplace
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Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Art and Design History and Theory
Department: Art and Design History
Course Number: PLDS 3141
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Design History, Theory & Criticism
- Fashion Design History, Theory & Criticism
- Art History, Theory & Criticism
The Modern American Office is an “artificial” environment where many people spend 40 or more hours a week for much of their lives. It has a rich history, coinciding and sometimes driving the style of a period, but it is often overlooked as a contributor to the larger field of material culture. This course will focus on design history, popular and material culture; including fashion and furniture design, and theory related to the design of the office. Students will explore this particular area of practical design through readings, images, popular culture articles, media, and site visits throughout Manhattan. Some examples of topics covered might include: the dynamic of gender and power roles in the workplace, the role of building technology like the skyscraper, office furniture systems, space programming, the office in media and entertainment, and the adaptation of the function of the office as generations of workers have evolved. Pathway: Design Studies
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisites: first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.
Open to Undergraduate students.