Negotiating the Terrain of Design Studies: Research, Reflection, Practice


Friday, November 2, 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 3, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
November 2-3, 2012
Wollman Hall
65 West 11th Street, 5th floor

Design Studies looks at the interrelated affects of the past, present, and projected-futures on design as an aesthetic, social, economic, and political force in the world. And as might be expected when with dealing with such a multifarious subject as design, there are various perspectives operating under the rubric of Design Studies. Some see it as a branch of the humanities that examines how aesthetic and intellectual histories continue to inform design today. Others view it as a social science with knowledge and research techniques that can enhance the work of institutions, businesses, foundations, NGOs, and think tanks. Still others understand design studies as an integral dimension of the kind of design practices that prioritize research and questions over finite solutions. To mark the inaugural year of Parsons’ MA Design Studies program, this symposium will shed light on these perspectives, and, at the same time, explore the terrain they share in common.

Free and open to the public; seating first-come, first-served.

Please see the complete schedule here.



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