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 Design seems to be omnipresent. But what is design and what makes it good or bad?

 Design seems to be omnipresent. But what is design and what makes it good or bad?


  
-The course »Utilitas, Venustas, Firmitas <​sup>​stool design</​font>​ – a //stool// that can do something very special, and that represents more than just its pure functionality. The [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Asterisk|asterisk]] in the semester theme title **The * Stool** represents one of the multiple solutions that students will develop during the semester. The project will be complemented by lectures and case-studies,​ reading assignments (completed prior to class), class discussions and one-on-one meetings with the instructor. There will be several non-obligatory topic related excursions (weekend trip, evening events, etc.).+The course »Utilitas, Venustas, Firmitas <sup>​[[#​the_vitruvian_virtues|1]]</​sup>​ « (latin for //usage//, //beauty//, and //​stability//​) explores how design influences our life, and investigates the fundamentals of “good design“ – how to be innovative, while keeping the design useful, aesthetic, understandable,​ unobtrusive,​ honest, long-lasting,​ detailed and environmentally friendly, and at the same time focusing on essential aspects. Students take a global look at the status quo of the use of design in media, objects and architecture,​ and observe its influence to art and technology from past to present, dealing with questions concerning ethics and values. Design tools and processes will be highlighted. Based on the fusion of readings, study, discussion and experiences,​ over the course of the semester students will develop an understanding of how mutually reinforcing and beneficiary a mix of Art, Design and Technology can be. Lecture and discussion will be the breeding ground for concept development of the design of a //​[[:​bricolage_project|Bricolage]]//​ : Every student will realise a <font inherit/​inherit;;​inherit;;#​FFFF00>stool design</​font>​ – a //stool// that can do something very special, and that represents more than just its pure functionality. The [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Asterisk|asterisk]] in the semester theme title **The * Stool** represents one of the multiple solutions that students will develop during the semester. The project will be complemented by lectures and case-studies,​ reading assignments (completed prior to class), class discussions and one-on-one meetings with the instructor. There will be several non-obligatory topic related excursions (weekend trip, evening events, etc.).
  
 This Core Competency course borrowed its title from the roman artist, architect, and engineer [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Vitruvius|Vitruvius]] who comprised a first handbook of planning and design over 2000 years ago. He described that a structure must exhibit the three qualities of //firmitas, utilitas, venustas// – that is, it must be solid, useful, beautiful. These are often termed the //Vitruvian Triad//. Vitruvius also described that beside an interest in art and science a creative student should be also versed in rhetoric and have a good knowledge of history and philosophy. We will follow his rule. Students will leave the course with a completed project to be displayed in an exhibition and a personal philosophy of about Art, Design and Technology. This Core Competency course borrowed its title from the roman artist, architect, and engineer [[https://​en.wikipedia.org/​wiki/​Vitruvius|Vitruvius]] who comprised a first handbook of planning and design over 2000 years ago. He described that a structure must exhibit the three qualities of //firmitas, utilitas, venustas// – that is, it must be solid, useful, beautiful. These are often termed the //Vitruvian Triad//. Vitruvius also described that beside an interest in art and science a creative student should be also versed in rhetoric and have a good knowledge of history and philosophy. We will follow his rule. Students will leave the course with a completed project to be displayed in an exhibition and a personal philosophy of about Art, Design and Technology.
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/is/htdocs/wp1061956_LA2T3X3UH9/www/nyuad/teaching/data/pages/utilitas_venustas_firmitas_spring2019.txt · Last modified: 2019/04/11 05:55 by felix_hardmood_beck