Meets Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday|
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | 4 Credits
This class extends the definition of Ecopsychology to include the environments we build for ourselves. Understanding the psychological impact of design is essential. The spaces we inhabit have a profound effect on our well-being, and those spaces have changed over the years from being agricultural-based to now an indoor-based environment. A combination of class time, readings, field trips, and experiential projects will help students to assess the psychological impact of the design of places where we live, work, learn, and play.
Meets Tuesday and Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | 4 Credits
Learn the importance of design in shaping both our natural and human environments, and how we can intentionally design the world so that both environments can thrive. Understanding regenerative design is essential for planning for a resilient future. Through readings, class discussions, field trips and practical examples, we will explore the ways we can redesign for human needs while preserving the natural world. Photo credit: Archi0780 (click photo for more information).
Meets Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | 4 Credits
By using design as a problem-solving tool, we can create a preferred world where both humans and nature can thrive. Design thinking can be applied to any problem that has
multi-faceted challenges. Using preliminary sketches,
delineated drawings, models, building plans and sections, students will design a small house based on regenerative principles. Special notes: Drawing ability is not a prerequisite
of this class. Students will develop all the skills needed to complete the design exercises in the class.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.| 4 Credits
Gain hands-on experience designing with nature
to find solutions to global issues.
Students develop and hone their skills in project planning,
self-discipline, collaboration, creativity, and the design process as they work individually and in diverse groups on multiple design challenges, including projects that engage actual clients, real sites and real budgets. From constructing a scaled sculpture model to presenting design solutions to a client, projects are a hands-on way of applying what you’ve learned and are an important part of the portfolio you will create.