Sustainable Design Thinking: Lab
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: Parsons The New School for Design
School: School of Design Strategies
Department: Design Strategies
Course Number: PSDS 2610
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Sustainable Design
  • Design Research
  • Marketing & Communications
In this course, students will learn about “design thinking” (the collaborative creative research and the processes used by designers), and how to apply “design thinking” to personal environmental behavior change in the context of city living. In the studio, students will learn a range of co-design research and ideation methods (such as problem reframing, unobtrusive and participant observation, long qualitative interviewing, visual analysis, cultural probes, creation idea generation, scenario-based designing, low-fi prototyping, bodystorming) and apply them to understanding and responding to unsustainable aspects of contemporary urban living. Using previously learned visual communication design skills, students will create rich and insightful information visualizations of the ecological impacting aspects of their own lifestyles, and then use co-design research and ideation methods to innovate sustainable lifestyle changes.
Course Open to: Degree Students
Course Pre/Co-requisites:
Open to: All university undergraduate degree students.


Open to Undergraduate students.