Current & Upcoming: Spring 2018

Parsons School of Design (Undergraduate)

Liquid Cities: Reimagining Urban Waterfronts and Waterways – 3428 – ULEC 2280 – L
Water has always been the lifeblood of the city. The 21st century, with its emerging threats of climate change and a rising sea level, presents most if not all of our great urban centers with unprecedented questions about their sustainability and survival; as a result, urban waterworks, waterfronts, and waterways have all assumed a critical importance. Drawing from four interdisciplinary New School programs–Global Studies, Urban Studies, Urban Design, and Environmental Studies–this course investigates the complex connection of cities and water systems, with a particular focus on the way the “edge” of the waterfrontcity can be both a boundary and a center, essential for commerce, transport, development, and ecological resilience. New School faculty and visiting lecturers will take an interdisciplinary approach to local, regional and global topics and initiatives, including the strengths and weaknesses of New York City’s water and sewer systems and efforts to clean its most contaminated waterways, the politics of land reclamation and waterfront development here and abroad, containerization and the global geography of transport, the representation of the waterfront in art and media, and the social and political impact of climate change and natural disasters. Field trips and collaborative projects will be required elements of this course.

Int Sem 2: Sys & Strategies – 2720 – PUFY 1011 – A01
How do we experience design? What does it mean to engage in a community — in a city, with a group, in shaping an organization, in reconfiguring a service — as a designer? Under this theme students will begin to unearth the complex systems that connect design to behaviors. In Integrative Seminar 2, we will expand the skills acquired in Integrative Seminar 1 through the introduction of a wide variety of research methods — both digital and analog — and in projects that are shared with Integrative Studio 2. We will use digital tools and online platforms along with fieldwork to extend the research and creative problem-solving undertaken in class. Using methods such as interviews, visual research, online sources, libraries, experiments, and firsthand observation, we will explore the multiple ways in which a topic can be researched. This course offers options that align with the research approaches used within the different schools at Parsons.
Co-requisite: PUFY 1001 Integrative Studio 2. Open to: Parsons First Year Bachelors degree students.

PUFY 1100 – Sustainable Systems
This course provides an introduction to the systems inherent in adaptive, resilient design practices. What are the challenges and opportunities for designers when they create ​products, systems, and services that are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable? This course begins to address that question. The curriculum is structured around four major themes; ​Climate Change, Materials, Energy,​and ​Water​. These interrelated themes frame students’ observations as they study real conditions that are both local and accessible and in­class discussions teach students to translate research into creative solutions. The class activities combine field trips, lectures, studio­based workshops, lab experiments and seminars. Both the fieldwork and applied research methods are then developed into creative works that support diversity, adaptability and resilience in the face of ever changing conditions. All currently open seats for Fall 2017 have been reserved for BBA Strategic Design & Management students.

Hunter College, Department of Film and Media Studies, City University of New York (Graduate)

History and Theory of Emerging Media, IMA 702.00

The term Emerging Media has been used to describe many themes, processes, trends and media and cultural developments that have arisen in our society over the past hundred-odd years. This course will introduce – and ask students to analyze and discuss – the central themes and debates in emerging media studies by looking at the key components of computer and/or digital culture (interactivity, cybernetics, hypertexts, memes, viral video, networks, databases) and placing them within a historical context in order to unpack and explain how these developments continue to construct the world around us. A particular stress will be placed on unpacking underrepresented and avant-garde histories of media/art, drawing on global traditions and on diverse communities here in the U.S.

In studying Emerging Media, we will rely heavily on examples of new forms of expression in art, literature and general culture as well as computer science by revisiting key digital artworks and new media artifacts since the turn of the last century. By nature of the term emergence, this is a volatile field of study. The course itself will be reactive and predictive – with student’s assistance we will continue to orient the course around the new, the cutting-edge, the groundbreaking, and the experimental in media studies.  Additional contemporary texts and current examples will be brought in over the course of the semester to supplement canonical readings. We will look at examples including such recent techno-social forms as memes, glitch art, online anonymity, data, surfing clubs, drones, electronic surveillance, affect, multitasking, trolls, the “robotic moment,” cyber libertarianism, etc., with an eye toward understanding these forms so that we can better approach and potentially harness (or challenge) them within our own artistic and media-based practices. Students are highly encouraged to make use of resources in the city around them, to visit, study and report back on new media art or innovative technologies they may find in what is in many ways still the capital of emerging media arts.

Recent Semesters

Parsons School of Design (Undergraduate)

PUFY 1100 – Sustainable Systems
Int Sem 2: Sys & Strategies – 2720 – PUFY 1011 – A01

Hunter College, Department of Film and Media Studies, City University of New York (Graduate & Undergraduate)

Emerging Media 1
History and Theory of New Media
Graduate Thesis Seminar
Understanding New Media
Media+Policy+Rights in a Digital Age
Web Design Projects
Web Production 1
Film and Media in a Digital Age
Introduction to Media Studies

Selected Class Lectures/Visiting Artist Talks

advanced workshop in artistic practice and transdisciplinary research, MIT ACT, Gediminas Urbonas and Lars Bang Larsen (2017)

Sound, Cooper Union, Zach Poff (2017)

Cities, Art and Catastrophe, Parsons School of Design / The New School (2017)

New Media Junior Seminar, SUNY Purchase, Brooke Singer (2016)

MFA Transdisciplinary Design, Parsons School of Design / The New School, MFA, John Roach, (2016)

Art and Environment, Parsons, The New School, MFA, Radhika Subramaniam (2016)

Digital Design, NYU Tisch School of the Arts (undergrad. – Jeff Stark) (2015)

Back to the Land and DIY Environmentalism, Haverford College, Haverford, PA, Joshua Moses (2015)

MFA Critique: Guest Critic, DiAP, City College, New York (2015)

Irons in the Fire, Columbus College of Art and Design (undergrad. – James Voorhies) (2010)

Social Practice, California College of the Arts, Sam Gould, (2010)