Upcoming EcoTAP Courses

Spring 2014

Note: Course listings here are for illustrative purposes only; they may differ slightly from the current academic schedule. Use WebAdvisor as your primary source for all course information when registering.

ARCHT-580-02 (1517) Eco:UR: Urban Ecologies

FASHN-260-02 (1123) Eco: Sustainability Seminar
What are the social, cultural and environmental ramifications of our design decisions, and how can we mitigate or leapfrog them through our ideas? What is the role of design in the current ecological crisis? Students use their skills as designers to develop creative solutions to technical challenges in moving our industry and our society towards sustainability. More specifically students will review the ecological crisis and how fashion/textiles contribute to this crisis. Emerging interdisciplinary eco philosophies and methodologies will be reviewed, and students will be encouraged to develop their own eco design strategies. The content of the lectures will be explored through a series of lectures and tools coupled with class exercises, in which students will have the opportunity to test these methodologies and tools for themselves. Eco communication strategies and practicing eco design will also be covered through the lectures. Class time is structured around class exercises and lectures with a studio project as a final. Relevant field trips guest speakers and videos are integrated throughout the semester. A reader is provided. By the end of the course, students will have built their own source guide covering research and design methodologies, resources. organizations, and companies which can be referenced when practicing eco design, and participated in a collaborative studio project giving form to new ideas which emerged form the class.

Architecture (graduate)
MARCH-640-03 (1488) Eco: BT: The Green Toolbox
This seminar will present generative tools for eco-systemic design. Students will explore the potential of both analytical and phenomenological notions of building performance to shape architectural design. Significant contemporary buildings will serve as case studies for a phased analysis and re-design of their relationships to climate, heat, air, light, and energy. The class will focus on deriving sustainable building approaches from an understanding of human perception and response in a quick and generative fashion. Quantitative analysis using computer simulations will alternate with speculative explorations based on responses to theoretical texts, art films, and environmental artists' work. Both of these "right-brain" and "left-brain" modes of analysis will inform short design interventions.

MARCH-680-02 (1516) Eco:UR: Urban Ecologies

Critical Studies
PHCRT-300-03 (1553) Eco: Environmental Ethics
In this class, we will join the ongoing conversation about contemporary ecological challenges and the moral concerns they evoke. We will explore philosophical methods, religious traditions, and activist stances, and examine controversies over ethical approaches and their significance. We will read classic articles in the field of environmental ethics along with recent writings in a variety of genres. Videos as well as field trips to local sites will provide living examples for discussion. Students will practice debate, write their own philosophical statements, and work collaboratively to construct persuasive messages in verbal and other media. Along the way, we will consider how architects, designers, artists, and writers contribute to the conversation through the materials, methods and messages of their creative work.

Critical Studies
SCIMA-200-10 (1543) Eco: California & Environment
The environment is dynamic, complex, and always changing, and the study of it requires perspectives from geology, biology, chemistry, and physics, in addition to sociology, policy, economics, politics, the arts, and design. Local and global environmental issues are some of the most urgent and relevant in our society, including biodiversity, global climate change, water scarcity, resource limitations, pollution, energy sources, and sustainable design, among others. California provides a rich backdrop to study environmental science, from its location in the drought-stricken West to its active tectonic history. In this class, we will examine the major Earth systems - the lithosphere (rock cycle), atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere - as they create and interact with our local environment. We will also evaluate media coverage of environmental issues and identify any weaknesses or strengths in presented statements, claims, solutions, and technologies.

SCIMA-200-11 (1544) Eco: Energetics & Ecology
This course introduces students to the underlying principles of efficient and ecologically benign use of energy and resources, allowing students to begin developing the comprehensive, anticipatory whole systems thinking that together form the foundation for a sustainable and professional design practice. This is a seminar course that will include lectures, video, field trips, reading and discussion. SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE INTRODUCED: Sustainability, ecology, scientific method, community awareness, design strategy, abstract and critical thinking, manufacturing, life of a product, ethics, materials, industry awareness.

SCULP-370-02 (1389) Eco: Adv Wkshp: Post Nature
Post Nature is a sculpture workshop focusing on a visual and physical exploration of the complex relationships between the natural world and the cultural activities and perspectives of humans. The class examines the creative interventions of artists at these thresholds and boundaries between natural sites, processes, and objects. Extensive discussions and presentations help develop a deeper understanding of this complicated history over time along with the role of emerging technologies, both in contemporary art practice and earlier creative human activity with the natural world. Assigned readings and field trips, including visiting the Underground Gardens of Baldassare Forestiere are a regular part of the class along with a series of projects to mine and visualize your own private relationship and history between the natural and artificial, the raw and the cooked. This exploration begins with the acknowledgement that humans are an integral part of the natural world

TEXTL-270-01 (1413) Wkshp: Eco: Soil to Studio