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New nordic design - draft_syllabus - fall 2013

  1. 1. DIS Architecture and Design Fall 2013New Nordic Design 3 Credits Lecturer: Henning Thomsen (HT), Course Assistant: TBA Mee ng Loca on: TBA “The world will be studying the Nordic model for years to come.” (‘The Next Supermodel’, Leader, The Economist, February 2nd- 8th, 2013) “Danish architecture has always been influenced by the larger world, but te we have managed to translate the foreign architecture into Danish. The same holds true for all the Nordic countries....” c co coun (Kay Fisker, editor and professo Arkitekten, 1964) ditor nd professor, s “... for we have seen design grow from a trade ac vity to a segmented sign f bu profession to a field for technical research and to what now should be rese recognized as a new liberal art of technological culture.” d a tec (Richard Buchanan, professor of design, Design Issues, Vol. 8, No. chard Buchanan prof 2, Spring 1992) pring 1992 lla “The relevant choice is not an either/or one between local culture and e ch global modernity. Ra moder Rather it is to design a world hospitable to both, as well as to all other cu cultures present and to the intermediary levels of cultural Sy development they may represent or become - as well as of a sustainable developme planetary culture yet to come that transcends and supersedes modernity.” lanetary (Peter Buchanan, writer and cri c, AD Architectural Design, November/December 2012) Nov Course Descrip on: This course inves gates the present state of design in Scandinavia - the New Nordic - as it unfolds just now. Focusing on architecture and design at all scales - from service design, product design, furniture and fashion to architecture, urban design, and infrastructure design, the course relates to local tradi ons and cultures. It also acknowledges the global connec ons and describes how we express and organize ourselves and our communi es in the Nordic region at the beginning of the 21st century. The course will focus equally on Finish, Swedish, Norwegian, Icelandic, and Danish design. The relevance of regional design characteris cs in the globalized world of today will be cri cally evaluated during the course. Furthermore the course will dive into the forma ve beginnings of design in Scandinavia in the late 19th century and the world renowned golden age of democra c Scandinavian Design in the post World War II era, from the 1950s to 1970s, in order to be er understand the present state of design in Scandinavia - the New Nordic. Throughout the course will inves gate the dis nc on between ’making’ - how cultural products like architecture and design, but also literature, film, food, etc., come about - and ’iden ty’ - what these cultural products mean to individuals, to communi es, and to society. We will read and study texts on architecture and design issues. We will visit architecture and design in and around Copenhagen and use these as case studies. We will meet prac oners involved in architecture and 1
  2. 2. DIS Architecture and Design Fall 2013 New Nordic Design design and learn how they view the world. We will work on assignments that try to bridge the gap between the world of thinking and the world of making. The course is structured in three sec ons. The first sec on, DEPARTURES, gives an introduc on to the term New Nordic and furthermore aims to establish a pla orm for how to talk about and cri cally study design and cultural products in general. The second sec on, DESIGNS, gives a cursory introduc on to the design iden es and histories of the five countries that form the core of the course: Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and ludes broa br Denmark. This includes a broad descrip on of the forma ve beginnings candinavia avia lat of design in Scandinavia in the late 19th century as well as the golden s mocra Scandinavia De age of democra c Scandinavian Design in the post World War II era, bu from the 1950s to 1970s a it de . he lds ng as developed in the countries we are looking at. Building on this the seco sec on surveys New Nordic Design as it t second unfolds currently in the Nordic region, looking at New Nordic Design in lla all its various s scales - from service design, product design, furniture and fashion to archit a architecture, urban design and infrastructure design. The third nd se and final sec on, DESTINIES, tries to hypothesize what the future might Sy hold in terms of new prac ces and new posi ons in design in Scandinavia. ho t und understand the field of architectural theory. The CHRONOLOGICAL OVERVIEW aims to sketch out both a theore cal and a cultural overview of the decades from 1960s un l today. Finally the THEMATIC OVERVIEW delves deeper into a series of recurring themes that have shaped European architectural theories in the past five decades. a Learning Objec ves Dr By the end of this course you should •be able to orient yourself in the recent Scandinavian landscape of design •be familiar with the main design development trends in Scandinavia •understand how design historical and design theore cal perspec ves can be applied to the study of contemporary cultural products •understand the importance and fundamentals of cri cal reading and wri ng •be able to reflect on the role and task of design and the designer through the applica on of cri cal thinking Required Texts Reading material will be uploaded as individual texts on DIS Forum. Crucial texts are: •TBA www.DISabroad.org2
  3. 3. DIS Architecture and Design Fall 2013New Nordic Design Approach to Teaching: The class will meet twice a week and consists of lectures, student presenta ons and class discussions. This course relies heavy on reading. The type of reading you will be required to do in this class moves beyond finding informa on or loca ng an authorʼs purpose or iden fying main ideas (as useful as these skills are). You will be asked to dig deep in to the texts to ferret out meaning, systems of rela onships between ideas, and examine your own response to these ideas and their impact on the world around them. t q qu In short, cri cal reading requires that you ques on intensely. For cri cal d te reading, you cannot sit back and wait. These texts are not necessarily s easy nor are you expected to swallow the words wit o w without considera on. at True reading demands that you first ac vely listen to the author without bu projec ng your own agenda. In this sense, you might imagine that you enda. sense yo are engaged in a conversa on with the author and once he/she has versa completed what he/she wants to say to you, you are in a posi on to speak hat t s lla back, to say something of your own something meaningful and thought- ead ad respo read cri cally: to form you own, out. If you have no response, y are reading lazily and need to instead, f ave you formulate a response. Such response involves analysis, Sy nthesis, vity synthesis, and crea vity. Expecta on of the Students: I expect you to be fully engaged in the lectur pa lectures, par cipate ac vely in any discussion and be open minded to your fellow students contribu on to class. I hope to establish an environment wh where we can learn from each other as well as from the texts and cases we a engage with and I expect you to ac vely support this approach. Readings Dr must be done before class and should be done with inquisi veness. The ability to frame the appropriate ques ons and to apply cri cal thinking will be valued and the class should form the se ng in which to ac vely exercise this ability. In our discussions in class please aim to make references to our readings, to support the points or ques ons you wish to raise. Evalua on & Grading: The final grade is determined as follows: 20% Ac ve individual par cipa on, in-class presenta ons and provision of ques on points 20% The InTheMaking assignment (poster presenta on: 400 words of cri cal wri ng + illustra ons) 30% Mid term exam (essay type) 30% The CPH:DESIGNDOX assignment (essay type and semester long: 1500-2500 words of cri cal wri ng + illustra ons) T he In The Making assignment is a ten-day long exercise consis ng of a) xxx, b) xxx, c) mapping it through photos, maps, sketches, etc., d) producing 3
  4. 4. DIS Architecture and Design Fall 2013 New Nordic Design a poster in A2 format presen ng your findings, and e) presen ng this poster in a joint class session. The mid-term exam is an essay type exam that takes place in class and is based on ques ons about the readings. The CPH:DESIGNDOX assignment consists of a semester long, essay type cri cal inves ga on of a piece of design from Copenhagen chosen by student themselves (with guidance from course teacher). Both in-class and field study a endance and ac ve par cipa on are s o required. For all types of ac vity students on a regular basis will be ues p po asked to prepare ques on points for classes. These should reflect on the d readings carried out and provide the class as a whole with a pla orm for s engaged and informed discussion. nd ormed discussio bu Late papers will not be accepted To be eligible for a passing grade in this apers acce accepted. class you must complete all o the assigned work. ss u comp of Disability and resour statement resource lla Any student who has a need for accommoda on based on the impact of a disabi disability sh should contact Sean Green ( to coordinate this. In order to receive accommoda ons, students should inform the instructor o Sy of ap approved DIS accommoda ons within the first two weeks of classes. Policies A endance You are expected to a end all DIS classes when scheduled. If you miss a mul ple classes the Director of Teaching and Learning, and the Director of Student Affairs will be no fied and they will follow-up with you to make Dr sure that all is well. Absences will jeopardize your grade and your standing at DIS. Allowances will be made in cases of illness, but in the case of mul ple absences you will need to provide a doctor’s note. Academic Honesty Plagiarism and Viola ng the Rules of an Assignment DIS expects that students abide by the highest standards of intellectual honesty in all academic work. DIS assumes that all students do their own work and credit all work or thought taken from others. Academic dishonesty will result in a final course grade of “F” and can result in dismissal. The students’ home universi es will be no fied. DIS reserves the right to request that wri en student assignments be turned in electronic form for submission to plagiarism detec on so ware. See the Academic Handbook for more informa on, or ask your instructor if you have ques ons. Electronic devices in the classroom Feel free to use your laptop for relevant note taking. The use of cell phones must take place outside of class hours. www.DISabroad.org4
  5. 5. DIS Architecture and Design Fall 2013New Nordic DesignDay Date Session Time TopicFr Aug 23 1 11:40- 13:00 DEPARTURES Danish Michelin starred cuisine, Finnish auteur film, Norwegian crime literature, Swedish House Mafia DJ’s and Icelandic light sculptures? Cultural products from a bunch of ny countries to the far north invade the world stage. Where did that come from and what is all the fuzz about? The term New Nordic Design has been applied to the current wave of design coming out of Scandinavia and we want to find out what’s cooking. Required reading: • TBATu Aug 27 2 11:40- 13:00 The thing is... How do we talk about things - objects - design? Is there a common s language that will allow us to study and discuss and understand the design of a bridge as well as that of a spoon without becoming bu schizophrenic? The session gives an introduc on to design thinking, design talking and the historiography of design. Required reading: • TBAFr Aug 30 3 11:40- 13:00 lla Master narra ves and alterna ve histories Design coming from the Scandinavian countries is characterized by a certain set of values - humanis c, democra c, organic - or so the master Sy narra ve tells us. Recent research suggests that there may be alterna ve histories available. Before we go further, we want to understand the dilemmas of tradi onal mythologies. Required reading: • Kje l Fjallan: A Historiography of Scandinavian Design, in Scandinavian Design: Alterna ve Histories, London, 2012. a Sep 02 - 07 Core Course WeekTu Sep 10 4 11:40- 13:00 NEW NORDIC DESIGNS - GEOGRAPHICAL OVERVIEW Dr This part of the course gives a cursory introduc on to the design iden es and histories of the five countries that form the core of the course: Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. This will both create the pla orm for understanding recent design developments in Scandinavia in general as well as survey the regional differences. Finland Required reading: • TBAFr Sep 13 5 11:40- 13:00 Iceland Required reading: • TBATu Sep 17 6 11:40- 13:00 Norway Required reading: • TBAFr Sep 20 7 11:40- 13:00 Sweden Required reading: • TBATu Sep 24 8 11:40- 13:00 Denmark Required reading: • TBAFr Sep 27 9 11:40- 13:00 Mid-Term Exam 5
  6. 6. DIS Architecture and Design Fall 2013 New Nordic Design Day Date Session Time Topic Sep 28 - Oct 06 Travel Week Tu Oct 08 10 11:40- 13:00 Going where? Contemporary infrastructure design in Scandinavia Required reading: • TBA Fr Oct 11 11 11:40- 13:00 Livable ci es Contemporary urban design in Scandinavia Required reading: • TBA Tu Oct 15 12 11:40- 13:00 Sustainable places Contemporary building design in Scandinavia s Required reading: • TBA Fr Oct 18 13 bu 11:40- 13:00 Light as is... Contemporary interior design in Scandinavia Required reading: lla • TBA Oct 19 - 27 Travel Week Sy Tu Oct 29 14 11:40- 13:00 DESIGNS - IN THE MAKING INTERMEZZO In The Making Introduc on to the 11-day In The Making assignment Required reading: • TBA Fr Nov 01 15 11:40- 13:00 Objec fied a Film viewing of the Gary Hustwit film about design. Required reading: Dr • TBA Tu Nov 05 16 11:40- 13:00 Objec fied Discussion of film in class. Required reading: • TBA Fr Nov 08 17 11:40- 13:00 In The Making Presenta on of students In The Making posters Required reading: • TBA Nov 09 - 17 Travel Week Tu Nov 19 18 11:40- 13:00 DESIGNS - THEMATIC OVERVIEW CONTINUED What to wear? Contemporary fashion and tex le design in Scandinavia Required reading: • TBA www.DISabroad.org6
  7. 7. DIS Architecture and Design Fall 2013 2012New Nordic DesignDay Date Session Time TopicFr Nov 22 19 11:40- 13:00 Have a seat! Contemporary furniture design in Scandinavia Required reading: • TBATu Nov 26 20 11:40- 13:00 Product Design Contemporary product design in Scandinavia Required reading: • TBAFr Nov 29 21 11:40- 13:00 I am! Contemporary brand design in Scandinavia Required reading: s • TBA bu Deadline for hand-in of CPH:DESIGNDOX assignment. Send by email to no later than Friday 29 May 23:59Tu Dec 03 22 11:40- 13:00 Helping us along lla Contemporary service design in Scandinavia Required reading: • TBA SyFr Dec 06 23 11:40- 13:00 DESTINIES What does the future hold in terms of new prac ces and new posi ons in design in Scandinavia? Back to the future or the reversal? Where is this heading? Are we witnessing a ny intermezzo in the grande scheme of globaliza on? Or is New Nordic a term that will s ck with us? And if so, what good might it be doing? a Required reading: • TBA Dr Schedule subject to change with as much no ce as possible. All future edits to the syllabus will be made on Blackboard only. 7