Natural Watercolors

Natural Watercolors

Basic Protocol: Collect some plant parts that have a compelling color Remove stems if necessary Chop if needed, then put…
Repair into Resiliency

Repair into Resiliency

image Yihan Ma REPAIR INTO RESILIENCY PROJECT_ Find a small object, device or material that needs to be repaired in…
Kintsugi: The Art of Gold Joinery

Kintsugi: The Art of Gold Joinery

above image: Gen Saratani, via chopsticks magazine Watch the following video and learn about the repair practice of kintsugi (gold…
Mapping and Modeling Systems Thinking

Mapping and Modeling Systems Thinking

image: Alda Borges Preparation: Read the following article, “Everything that’s in your iPhone”  What surprised you most about this article?…
IS THIS THE ANTHROPOCENE?

IS THIS THE ANTHROPOCENE?

The Anthropocene has been proposed as a new geologic epoch, named for human impact upon the planet and its ecosystems…

KEY VOCABULARY

In Sustainable Systems there are four key themes: AIR/CLIMATE CHANGE, WATER, MATERIALS, and ENERGY In relation to these four themes, we explore the following…
DESIGNING FOR CHANGE

DESIGNING FOR CHANGE

"We need systems where a failure in one component of the system doesn't bring down every other component of the…

GETTING TO KNOW CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate Change Is Complex. We’ve Got Answers to Your Questions, NY Times, September, 2017 Optimism Faces Grave Realities at Climate Talks,…
SOCIAL RESILIENCY

SOCIAL RESILIENCY

Toyo Ito, Home For all “My goal is not to reestablish the way of life that existed before the tsunami hit…
RESILIENT DESIGN

RESILIENT DESIGN

Building anything on this sandy edge is daunting, given the fact that the annual shoreline erosion rate is about one and…
COMPLEX SYSTEMS THINKING

COMPLEX SYSTEMS THINKING

Read the following article, “Everything that’s in your iPhone”. What surprised you most about this article? What are some of…
WATER SYSTEMS

WATER SYSTEMS

Living City | A Billion Gallons a Day BY Melanie Burford and Greg Moyer | Oct. 16, 2014 | 6:35 It is the…
HIGASHI FOR THE ANTHROPOCENE

HIGASHI FOR THE ANTHROPOCENE

How are contemporary artists and designers drawing inspiration from traditional practices? Wagashi Asobi ("playful Japanese sweets") in Tokyo innovates on traditional candy…
SOIL FUTURES

SOIL FUTURES

On June 10, 2015 we embarked on a field trip to Freshkills Park on Staten Island. [gallery columns="1" type="slideshow" ids="505,502,500,503,504,506,507,508"] sketch…
OBSERVING COMPLEX CLIMATE SYSTEMS

OBSERVING COMPLEX CLIMATE SYSTEMS

Scientists predict by 2050 that New York City will see an increase in average precipitation by 5 or 10 percent. (Currently, there is an average of about…
LONG-TERM DESIGN THINKING

LONG-TERM DESIGN THINKING

A stone tablet in Aneyoshi, Japan, warns residents not to build homes below it.  Hundreds of these so-called tsunami stones,…
BIG U and COASTAL BUYOUTS

BIG U and COASTAL BUYOUTS

The Dryline - BIG Teams Vision for Rebuild by Design from BIG on Vimeo.   Building for the Next Big…
WICKED PROBLEMS / NO ZERO

WICKED PROBLEMS / NO ZERO

Wicked Problems: a phrase originally used to describe a problem that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete,…
STAY BAG FOR RESILIENT FUTURES

STAY BAG FOR RESILIENT FUTURES

Sunnie Yun A “STAY BAG,” reflects the reality that we (all humans) have nowhere to “go” to in relation to…
CHANGE VIEWER

CHANGE VIEWER

featured image: Immersion, by Colleen Allen. "My “change viewer” is a garment, which restrains its wearer in order to allow them…
EPHEMERAL SCULPTURE

EPHEMERAL SCULPTURE

Adbusters Magazine #117 "Ours is a crisis of Aesthetics" Transform this magazine into a 3D experience. Offer an EXPERIENCE of its…
PSYCHOLOGY OF CLIMATE CHANGE

PSYCHOLOGY OF CLIMATE CHANGE

“We need art that does not make people think (we have quite enough environmental art that does that), but rather…
MASKS FOR THE ANTHROPOCENE

MASKS FOR THE ANTHROPOCENE

image, courtesy Lisa Hirmer, Dodolab PROJECT FOR SUMMER INTENSIVE 2015 | Designers are agents of social change. How can DESIGNING,…

Open Source LS Materials

>> TIPS for teaching LS: General Suggestions (from CTE department) Clear instructions- always model Clear assessment criteria Clear objectives Break…
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