New course in multispecies design

Posted on May 14, 2014 in Ordinary Madness of Academia
Visitors inspect animals in enclosures and pools, Taronga Zoo, c. 1916, by Sam Hood. (Courtesy of State Library of New South Wales)

Visitors inspect animals in enclosures and pools, Taronga Zoo, c. 1916, by Sam Hood. (Courtesy of State Library of New South Wales)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to design with, and for, animals instead of people? How would that change the way we understand them–and ourselves? What would we design?

I’m excited to be teaching a new course next term that will explore these and related questions.

CCDN384: Multispecies Design

Understanding relationships between people and animals is central to future ecological sustainability. This course introduces students to cultural, political and economic forces that shape our interactions with pets, livestock, and wildlife in order to critically and creatively explore how different kinds of design can foster animal, environmental, and human well-being.

This special topic course comprises a weekly lecture that introduces students to a variety of human-animal relations and their cultural, political, ethical, economic, and environmental implications. Weekly tutorials connect these relations and issues to narrative, image, product and service-based design practice. Students are expected to demonstrate their comprehension of these relations, issues, and practices through a pair of creative projects: one visual design and one object or service-based design.

Lecture: Thursdays 11:30-1:20
Tutorial: Thursdays 2:40-4:30