ARTS 314
Design for the Pluriverse: Architecture, Urban Design, and Difference Fall 2023
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed ENVI 310
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The built environment has a critical role in shaping how people enact, reproduce, and refashion social relations over time. Spatial forms, such as architecture and urbanism, are enmeshed in relationships, contestations, and change processes. This studio tutorial investigates the role of different environments in supporting or preventing specific spatial practices and ensuring spatial justice. Using approaches from activist design, students will work in pairs to re-imagine spaces where different ways of being in the world can thrive and coexist–the pluriverse. Students will use a media they master to investigate a theme connecting design, the built environment (architecture and urbanism), and spatial justice.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1394
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: This is an intensive studio tutorial requiring working outside of scheduled class hours. In this course, students can work with the following media assuming that they can master them for a 300-level course: architecture models (physical and digital), photo reportages, 2D collages (e.g., Photoshop), creative writing (image-text booklets), digital humanities (cartographies, countermapping, oral histories, digital archives), and curatorial platforms. Students will participate in tutorials plus a final project of significant scope. Evaluation will be based primarily on the quality of the final project but also on participation.
Prerequisites: 200-level course on students' medium of choice (for the final project) or permission of instructor.
Enrollment Preferences: Studio Art majors, Art History and Studio Art majors, Envi majors and concentrators
Materials/Lab Fee: $350-$450 lab fee charged to term bill. Lab and materials fees for all studio art classes are covered by the Book Grant for all Williams financial aid recipients.
Distributions: Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ARTS 314 Division I ENVI 310 Division I
DPE Notes: "Pluriverse" refers to various ways of being in the world. This tutorial will employ theories and approaches from design activism and critical environmental studies to analyze the relationship between space and difference, including, but not limited to, race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, and species. Students will apply these theories and approaches to creating place-based projects.
Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives

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