Sustainable Everyday Practices
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Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Design Strategies
Department: Environmental Studies
Course Number: PSDS 3602
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- Design Research
Technological changes alone cannot sufficiently enhance societal sustainability— and even those technologies that do make notable contributions require significant social change to be successful. Promoting sustainability therefore involves sophisticated understandings of the motivations and habits of humans as well as clever and comprehensive ways of shifting people’s behaviors and expectations. This course will cover various techniques and strategies for fostering more sustainable everyday ways of living through a combined seminar and studio. In the seminar, the class will consider a range of theories and approaches addressing the complexities of sociotechnical change in relation to sustainability and design. This includes literature from the interdisciplinary domains of design research, science and technology studies, industrial ecology, consumption studies and consumer culture theory, among others. In the studio, the class will integrate theoretical learning with a case project as a ‘living lab’, a design research framework oriented toward experimentation in the dynamic context of everyday life.
Open to: All university upper-level undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): PSDS 1601 Ecological Communication Design or equivalent highly recommended.
Open to Undergraduate students.