Current methods and theories of sustainability are explored through a series of presentations, discussions and short projects. This course capitalizes on holistic design processes and project planning with the goal of closed system developments, while concentrating on the four pillars of sustainability (Ecology, Economy, Equality, Education).
SUST 308 Foundation of Sustainable Materials
Students work in a highly interdisciplinary environment, researching and analyzing sustainable materials as they pertain to the different disciplines. Through a series of lectures and exemplary projects, students gain an understanding of the implications of the use of materials and the effects of their supply chains on the environment. Transportation and local production are key components in solving current issues in manufacturing standards. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 100.
SUST 384 Design for Sustainability
The concept of “green design” is introduced and integrated into design projects. Specific techniques, guidelines and examples are used to emphasize the practical aspects of green design. Valuable case studies are included. While considering the profitability of the product, students are required to design in a way that benefits the global environment. Prerequisite(s): SUST 304.
Defining an epistemological framework for understanding the varied fields of expertise that inform the process of sustainable design is an essential first step in devising sustainable design strategies. Relevant specialties that are explored for their overarching synergy in this course include systems theory, social theory, ethics, critical inquiry and creativity, as well as biomimicry, life cycle assessment and other sciences of the artificial.
SUST 708 Principles of Sustainable Materials
Through a series of lectures and exemplary projects students learn about re-usable and biodegradable materials and implications that have to be considered in designing for a closed loop system. Students work in an interdisciplinary environment, researching and analyzing sustainable materials as they pertain to the different disciplines. Evaluating the effect sustainable materials have on environment, economy and current standards of living as applied to material stewardship, the issue of transportation, as well as how to green the supply chain, is a key component in the discussion of existing and future sustainable materials.
SUST 713 Interdisciplinary Studio I
Students work in an interdisciplinary environment creating products, buildings, environments and/or services applying sustainable methodologies in everyday matters. The concept of sustainability is introduced and integrated into the design and development processes across the disciplines involved. Specific techniques, guidelines and examples are used to emphasize the aspects of eco design strategies that meet today’s needs without compromising future generation’s needs. Students must consider global environmental impacts throughout the entire development process and make suggestions for improvement if current technologies won’t allow for a truly sustainable end product, building, environment or service yet.
SUST 720 Design Response in Crises
The relevance of design education is deepened in addressing the needs of humanity in both man-made and natural crises and catastrophes. Through a series of readings, case studies, field trips, presentations and round-table discussions, students gain an understanding of the role of designers as community as well as global citizens. Innovative, immediate and sustainable design solutions expand students' problem-solving skills. Prerequisite(s): ANTH 701, SUST 704.
SUST 725 Design Leadership and Environmental Justice
Designers can no longer consider the viability of materials solely as they relate to market performance, but must factor into the decision-making process issues that relate directly to the extraction and production of those materials, and the negative impacts that these processes may have on local populations. Effective design leadership is capable of framing these issues in ways that catalyze positive change and inspire innovative problem-solving and multi-stakeholder collaboration. This course explores how design decisions cannot only empower economically disadvantaged populations to alleviate the adverse environmental conditions they may be faced with, but prevent such conditions from occurring in the first place. Students are confronted with the chronic social, economic and environmental ills, and challenged to find innovative design solutions that serve these populations. Prerequisite(s): ANTH 701, SUST 704.
SUST 748 Design for Sustainability M.A. Final Project
In this final studio, M.A. students apply all previously acquired skills to develop a truly sustainable product, building, environment or service concept that addresses all aspects of the development process. Students integrate a closed loop system and demonstrate the understanding of the interdependence of the four E’s (Ecology, Economy, Equality and Education). With the collaboration of the supervising professor, students must demonstrate command of project planning, development and realization for the topic of their choice. Prerequisite(s): SUST 713 and completion of the review for candidacy.
SUST 779F Graduate Field Internship
Students in this course undertake a field assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
SUST 779T Graduate Teaching Internship
Students in this course undertake a teaching assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.