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Evolving Design Education for the 21st Century

  • October 25, 2013
  • By a2ru      
Parsons The New School for Design’s multidisciplinary curriculum evolves with the twenty-first century.


 

In the October edition of Metropolis Magazine, Joel Towers, the Executive Dean of Parsons The New School for Design, makes a case for why design education must evolve to meet the needs of the 21st century. “We live in a world changing in ways that were unimaginable at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, when design education first began to take shape. Technology (aided and abetted by design), advances in scientific knowledge, and shifts in social and cultural norms shaped design in the twentieth century. Our problems today involve more complex and interconnected systems—climate, cities, resources, networks, flows—and call for a new paradigm. Design in the twenty-first century is of critical importance in both addressing these challenges and transforming them into opportunities to remake the world around us. To do so, design education must change.”

Several interesting  projects are discussed in the article. They can be explored in the following links:
Center for Social Innovation
Desis Lab — Amplify Project
Empowerhouse
Hello Compost

Link to Full Source: Metropolis Magazine