Design for New Economies
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Design Strategies
Department: Design Strategies
Course Number: PSDS 3780
Course Format: Lecture
Location: Paris campus
Permission Required: No
Course description: Recent economic instability has prompted a surge of interest in alternative economic inquiries challenging dominant paradigms of growth, consumption, economies of scale, and productivity. In light of these inquiries, students will consider how design work can be engaged in the development of alternative future economic systems. The course combines lectures, discussions and collaborative design exercises. Students will take part in a collective effort of discovery— to identify and evaluate emerging economic innovations, to imagine how these might be indicators of larger potential transformations, and to explore the role of design in enabling such transformations through project work. Topics will include how interactive and information technologies enable new economic relationships; how the fashion and garment industries face potential structural transformation; and the potential of burgeoning practices in strategic design, such as design for sustainability, service design, and design for social innovation
Course Open to: Degree Students


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Paris students.