Design   Futures

Spring 2020





desma 104

Fridays 9:00am -11:50am


Prof. Peter Lunenfeld

Virtual office hours:
Fridays, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Teaching Assistant

Berit Gilma

Virtual office hours:
Thursdays, 1:00pm - 2:00pm



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DESMA 104: Design Futures

This course offers a critical examination of design practice and theory, incorporating historical as well as speculative methodologies. We will cover a multitude of disciplines, producing crosscultural and transmedia analyses that concentrate on 21st century experiments and movements. We will be considering how various design practices and techniques related to each other across cultures and media.

There is, of course, an elephant in the room, or better yet, a virus in the system. We’re going to be talking about design using untested methods, unstable technologies, and in a moment of unparalleled uncertainty and anxiety. Our response to this will require flexibility, innovation, and empathy. We are in a moment when “co-teaching” moves from a pedagogical concept to a prerequisite for progress, and perhaps even survival.