Debates In Design

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3 Units

This colloquium-style course is built around a matrix of scales and issues, such as sustainability, civics, and impact. Each semester, 6-8 speakers are invited to class to present on a given intersection from this matrix of topics, focusing on a specific relevant project from their professional careers which showcase a real world design challenge. Speakers share relevant background material and suggested readings ahead of time, allowing students to come in with thoughtful questions and discussion points to each class. All students compose written reflections after each speaker presents. MDes students are required to take Debates in Design twice during the program, in each of the fall semesters, to engage with a different cohort offering a fresh perspective and to collaborate with students across different stages of the program.

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