Topics in Design Research
MFA 6500 001
Faculty: Ilona Gaynor and Casey Lurie
This topic based studio/seminar on design research methods integrates theoretical and historical approaches to understanding design as a critical practice. Each semester long studio/seminar is organized around a theme that is introduced by an outside partner from the sciences, technology and social sciences. Themes include risk, luxury, intelligence, copyright forensics and law. Through the exploration of thematic projects, the studio/seminar extends research beyond the enforced procedural conditions of orthodox project based practices. The studio/seminar advocates for the emergence and the mobility of research in design. Our goal is not to merely amass results, but rather, with the aid of results to demonstrate how design research can adapt itself to new procedures. The courses content is integrated and intended to be flexible, and will provide the following: The course necessarily decouples design from the marketplace in order to shift research focus to concrete examples grounded in experiences relevant to the studio/seminar theme. The seminar will provide readings and discussions that are relevant to, and that creatively expand the studio/seminar theme.