9/22/2022 Fall ’22 Designer in Residence: Karen Proctor, Improv Lab

Disruptive Design: Research and Insights

Fall semester: 3 credits
09/07/22 – 12/14/22
Wednesdays 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Instructor: Mari Nakano
Location: Classroom

Issues at the heart of Social Innovation, such as poverty, violence, civil rights, access to infrastructure and services, may not be acute or even present where we live, study and work. In this class, you will learn how to approach design for the needs, beliefs, and value systems of others, especially communities whose lives, practices, and experiences may be unfamiliar or contrary to your own. You will apply techniques to understand context, immerse yourself in communities, analyze complex relationships, reduce harm and increase equity – working together with communities for self-driven projects. Over the first semester, students will build a foundation of participatory methods and approaches which they can apply to parallel and future work.

136 W 21st St,
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New York, NY 10011
(212) 592–2205