sustainable systems

sustainable systems


Anything we extract from the earth must ultimately go back into it. This course aims to create an emotional and intellectual connection with the life forms and environments which bear the burden of our choices. How can designers, artists and strategic thinkers create products, systems and services that are socially, environmentally and economically sustainable? Sustainable Systems is structured around four major themes: Climate Change, Materials, Energy, and Water. We explore these environmental issues as complex and interrelated topics. Understanding them can help us address current social and justice issues in new ways. In this course you will study real conditions that are both local and global. Class activities will combine field trips, lectures, discussion, studio-based workshops, lab experiments and seminars. Fieldwork and applied research methods will be developed into creative works that address diversity, adaptability and resilience in the face of ever changing conditions.

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student work

Leah Horton "Urban Gardeners: The Key to a Healthier Future" Leah Horton

Leah Horton "Urban Gardeners: The Key to a Healthier Future"

Norris Deng and Winnie Zhang "Idea Proposal for Citi bike: A Renewal of the System" Norris Deng and Winnie Zhang

Norris Deng and Winnie Zhang "Idea Proposal for Citi bike: A Renewal of the System"

Junjun Zhou "BoothCare - Redesigned Dental Care Line" Junjun Zhou

Junjun Zhou "BoothCare - Redesigned Dental Care Line"

Alessandro Fontana "Refoodit" Alessandro Fontana

Alessandro Fontana "Refoodit"

Maria Hamacher "simplepod" Maria Hamacher

Maria Hamacher "simplepod"

Tianyu (Alice) Wang "Studio Journal & Field Action Journal for Sustainable Nomadic Design" Tianyu (Alice) Wang

Tianyu (Alice) Wang "Studio Journal & Field Action Journal for Sustainable Nomadic Design"

Huashuang Hu "Anthropocene" Huashuang Hu

Huashuang Hu "Anthropocene"

Edmund Langdell "Sustainably Made Felt Hat" Edmund Langdell

Edmund Langdell "Sustainably Made Felt Hat"

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