Students will learn how to abstract functional strategies from nature to apply to the process of innovative design.
This project-oriented studio class will cover core biological principles, astound students with the wealth of design solutions available in nature, and provide numerous case studies of innovative designs inspired by natural models.
Overall, this class provides powerful metaphors and methods for looking to nature as model, mentor, and measure in our designs. / Open to students ages 18 and above.
Sustainability is the common sense notion that long-term prosperity, social equity, and ecological health not only go together but also depend on one another. Making a sustainable way of life requires changes in the design of most everything.
Designers, brand leaders, and manufacturers can play a powerful role in effecting change on both local and global levels. Design roles shift when we view design as a tool or opportunity to enrich and add value to people's lives. Designers can use their communication skills and talents not only to create or sell products but to educate, engage, and inform society through design.
Permaculture design uses holistic principles to design living systems that yield benefits without depleting resources. Students will learn the Holmgren principles of permaculture design and map the environmental relationships and ecological requirements of their lifestyles, resulting in more opportunities for self-sustaining permaculture design. / Open to students ages 18 and above.
Required Software: Adobe Creative Suite.
Strongly Suggested Software: Mind Mapping software such as FreeMind (FREE), IMap, or Mindjet.