IDC Lab: Cooperative
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Design Strategies
Department: Integrated Design Curriculum
Course Number: PUIC 3101
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Research Methods
  • Transdisciplinary Design
This course explores design as a process of facilitation and collaboration rather than design as a process of isolated expert ideation. The course will explore the contexts of participatory design, as they compare to “expert” design processes. Through a series of challenges, students will further develop skills essential to working collaboratively, whether with other designers or with “non-designers,” with a focus on making clear connections between these skills and possibilities, and their studio work. Students in the class will engage with a range of possible forms of collaboration—from partnerships to crowd-sourcing to “think tanks”— and explore the differences between them. Students will be responsible for assessing their own work for areas that can benefit from collaboration, engage peers and others to produce meaningful and experimental collaborative relationships, and ultimately work within and outside traditional design networks to bring collaborative practices into their developing studio practice.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students. Pre-requisite(s): PUIC 2100 IDC Lab: Media; PUIC 2101 IDC Lab: Design Thinking; and PUIC 3100 IDC Lab: Performance for Integrated Design majors. Co-requisite(s): PUIC IDC Networks for Integrated Design majors.


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