Topics: Material Technology
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Constructed Environments
Department: Constructed Environments
Course Number: PSCE 5042
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Materiality lies at the heart of contemporary design, yet ancient materials and their technologies are frequently overlooked as high performance materials, with varied structural capabilities. With a closer look at the properties of sustainable materials, textiles, and new technology this course will explore history and culture of materials alongside the nature of materials as a quantifiable system. The development of sustainable material technologies requires a more integrated and effective hybridization of the Natural and Indigenous with the New. Here, opportunities will be developed, which allow for a rich diversity of Materials Systems. In this elective course, students will work with both industrially engineered natural composites and readily available everyday materials. Both macro and micro scales will be explored at the capacity of the surface to be formed and structured.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Pre-requisite(s): None. Open to: All university graduate degree students; upper level undergraduate students with permission.


Open to Lang/Parsons BA/BFA students.

Open to Parsons School of Design students.


Open to Graduate students.