ENVI 310
Design for the Pluriverse: Space, Ecology, Difference Fall 2022
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed ARTS 314
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Space plays a central role in structuring how people enact, reproduce, and refashion social relations over time. Spatial forms, such as architecture and urbanism, are enmeshed in relationships, contestations, and processes of change. This course investigates the built environment as enabling or preventing specific spatial practices, mainly those of underrepresented communities. We will study the role of Western technical rationality in producing and maintaining racist, heteropatriarchal, and ecocidal forms of oppression. Using approaches from transition design and techniques from activist design, students will work in pairs to re-imagine a space where different ways of being in the world can thrive and coexist–the pluriverse.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1990
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: In this course, students may work in any of the following media or discourses: video/documentary, photo reportage, performance, graphic narrative, activist art, digital humanities (cartographies, countermapping, oral histories, digital archives), 2D/3D modeling, or physical model. 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 in tutorials
Prerequisites: Students must complete a course of at least 100 level based on their project's medium of choice.
Enrollment Preferences: Studio Art majors, Art History and Studio Art majors, Envi majors and concentrators
Materials/Lab Fee: Costs will depend on the medium chosen for this course, but should not exceed $200-$350; students on financial aid may utilize the book grant to defray materials costs.
Distributions: Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
ENVI 310 Division I ARTS 314 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 multimedia place-based projects.
Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives

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