Topics: Visual Ecology
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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 5081
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Drawing
  • Urban Design
  • Environmental Studies
Ecological science is increasingly recognized as important to design. In addition ecologists are increasingly collaborating with designers in order to translate and operationalize ecological principles and ideas more effectively, and to inform ecological science. The ideas of contemporary ecology are too important to society to languish in a disciplinary gap. This course will present introductory overviews of key ecological concepts, and principles as a stimulus for students whose main design tool is to draw in collaboration with some of the leading ecologists in the country -, S. T. A Pickett and M. L. Cadenasso. The class is structured around a set of readings, and lectures. It also includes working sessions where ecological concepts are explored visually through an iterative process of research, drawing, and student led presentations. Students in Visual Ecology will complete the semester with a portfolio of illustrations of ecological concepts and principles. The audience for the illustrations might be the public via web or news outlets, science students through introductory urban design texts, or they might inform your other design projects in unexpected ways. Ecological concepts and principles are deeply spatial, and technical. They are also changing because an increasing numbers of ecologists ask research questions in cities. This class will explore the most contemporary thinking on this topic.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university graduate degree students; upper-level undergraduate students with permission.