Sustainable Systems
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
Department: Parsons First Year
Course Number: PUFY 1100
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus, Paris campus
Permission Required: Yes
This course provides students an opportunity to acquire a foundational understanding of the scientific and social issues related to the design of resilient urban futures. An understanding of the constraints, challenges, and opportunities presented by the need to design products, systems, and services that are more socially, environmentally and economically resilient is at the core of a Parsons education. This course is where that work begins. It is crucial, as both professional experts making decisions about materials flows, and as citizens, that creative practitioners have a comprehensive understanding of the scientific process, from fieldwork and laboratory to policy formulation. By combining sequenced 1) field trips and lectures to locations around New York City, which will introduce and frame discussions and context-based learning related to sustainability, ecology, and systems, with 2) studio-based labs, where field work and applied scientific methods will be applied, students will translate these sets of experiences into informed creative works within the areas of art, design, and strategic design, thereby building a creative agency that supports diversity, adaptability and resilience in the face of ever-changing conditions.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: Parsons First Year students, and others, space provided. Pre-requisite: Placement above or successful completion of NELP 1800 or 1810 for students for whom English is a second language. NOTE: Sections of this course designated [LS], or Language Supported, are specially designed for students who have completed NELP 1800 or NELP 1810.


Open to Undergraduate students.


Open to Paris students.