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Biodegradable Design: Soft and Hairy

ARST 271
Spring 2024
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: IDEA 271, ENVS 271
Course Cluster and Certificates: Integrated Design, Engineering & Applied Science Minor

In this course, we will develop an understanding of soft materials and how softness is explored in design. We will explore the notion of softness in design with particular focus on how soft, biodegradable materials can form our experience of a product. We will study how soft materials, plants, and living organisms can be utilized as a living material to form a built ecology. In particular, we will learn how mycelium used in novel ways can produce experiential affect in spaces, especially in relation to the human body. We will study how to design for impermanence--sometimes using waste materials--and develop an understanding for material recovery. The goal of the course is to introduce students to bio and living materials used in design as well as zero-waste design methodology, and develop digital and physical skills associated with the making of soft products. Students will work both individually and collaboratively in a studio environment. Field trips to New York City museums, fabricators, and galleries may be expected as part of this course.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ART
Course Format: StudioGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: ARST131 OR IDEA110 OR IDEA180
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARST)(ENVS-MN)(ENVS)(IDEA-MN)(IDEA-OD)
Past Enrollment Probability: 50% - 74%

Last Updated on JUN-24-2024
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