Since 1919, The New School has been home to scholars, creators, and activists who challenge convention and boldly make their mark on the world.
To celebrate this groundbreaking legacy, we are opening our doors to the public for a weeklong festival of innovative performances, talks, workshops, screenings, exhibitions, and more.

On October 1–6, 2019, join us as we reflect on a century of world-changing ideas and together imagine a new kind of future.

The Festival of New is free and open to all.
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Wednesday, October 2 • 12:10pm - 2:50pm
Open Dis[Courses] - Space and Materiality

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In this course, participants learn through first-hand experience in Parsons' modeling facilities and hybrid studio-shop classrooms. Students explore concepts such as malleability, weight, texture, color, durability, smell, sound, taste, life cycle, and ecological impacts through a wide variety of projects that privilege the close relationship of making to thinking. Other areas of inquiry range from space formation to environmental psychology to object exploration—and more—to discover how materials and their uses shape meaning. Discussion, critique, and written responses create class community and idea sharing, while helping students understand their work in historical and cultural contexts. This section focuses on how the body has an impact on its surroundings and the objects within it. How do ergonomics, structure, and self-image correspond to the shape, movement, and impact of the human form? This course uses a range of methods to explore body coverings, functionality, and personal space.

Wednesday October 2, 2019 12:10pm - 2:50pm EDT
Parsons- Room 901