This course begins Summer 2013 and continues directly into the Fall 2013 semester. Students must participate in both segments of the course. Class Limit of 14 students from the following disciplines: Apparel, Interior Architecture, Furniture, ID and D+M.
The summer research lab will meet three days a week for 4 weeks (week three will be one full week at Samsung, Seoul). This is a 3-credit course. All costs for travel, room and board will be provided for registered students. The unique individualism of each participant, different disciplines and approaches, will cultivate a wide variety of responses applied to a shared pursuit.
Course Overview: This multi-disciplinary studio will use scenarios and vignettes to explore meaningful or emergent social behaviors, exchanges, emotional experiences and living spaces based upon sensing technologies that can interact, influence or redirect our senses to provide value and improve how we value our lives/living. Rarely have designers anticipated the full implications of new technologies on the larger culture, the lives of individuals, or the built environment. From the automobile and television to mobile phones and gene sequencers, initial functional intent represents only a small part of the total impact of new technology.
In the interest of increasing the potential relevance and impact of new technological capabilities, this project will explore and map territories of linked social, cultural, psychological behavior. The objective of the investigation is to play, reveal, tweek, challenge, interrogate, interpret, abuse, and test the limits of our senses and our adaptive responses to the influence of new technologies.