Courses and Studios

SPRING 2009

Global Exchange:  Architecture and Social Practice

Instructors: Brian McGrath, Jane Pirone, Vyjayanthi Rao


FALL 2008

Architectural Design Studio 5: Bangkok - The Architecture of 3 Ecologies

Instructor: Brian McGrath


In his book Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies, Rayner Banham describes the emergence of four distinct architectural styles tied to specific geographical regions of the city - the beach, the mountains, the valley, the Hollywood hills. Psychologist Felix Guattari’s book The Three Ecologies uses the word ecology less to describe distinct places, but three scales of embedded relations: the psyche, social space, and the environment. This architectural design studio will combine the thinking in these two texts in order to find an architecture that comes out of the contemporary psyche, social relations and environmental issues that Bangkok faces today.

 

Studio Website

Design Studio 5 

 

SUMMER 2008

Monsoon Mobile Studio at PUKAR

Instructors: Galen Green, Vyjayanthi Rao, Adriana Yoto

 

The Monsoon Mobile Studio is composed of PUKAR research fellows and New School design and technology and social science graduates creating mobile phone applications that will enable people to explore history, share information, and raise awareness about the quickly evolving urban fabric of Bombay using their cell phones as a creative tool.  The project was conceived by Vyjayanthi Rao, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research building on an collaborative project on mobile media with Colleen Macklin, Associate Professor of Communication, Design and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design.  The studio was funded from a grant to Prof. Rao by The Ford Foundation, New York.

Monsoon Mobile Blog 

Monsoon Mobile Final Projects 

SPRING 2008

Global Exchange:  Architecture and Social Practice

Instructors: Brian McGrath, Jane Pirone, Vyjayanthi Rao

Global Exchange is designed to identify and study theories, methods, and tools from social science, media studies, and architecture that would enhance the analysis of complex problematic urban conditions and enrich potential design solutions to these problems. The course is structured around three themes: monitoring global flows, mapping spatial heterogeneity and modeling urban resilience. Each theme will include a study of a global city: Mumbai, Shenzhen and Bangkok, and include a parallel field exercise in the New York Region, focusing on Newark, NJ as a localized space of global flows of energy, information, people, materials and wastes. The final goal of the seminar is to develop rapid assessment techniques based on transdisciplinary skills culled from architecture, the social sciences and communication design technologies. Three disciplinary lenses - anthropology, architecture and media design - will be presented, but the goal is to develop transdisciplinary and transnational practices bridging sectors that will benefit from new information and communication technologies as well as new ways of intervening in the field. 


Global Exchange Blog

Global Exchange Syllabus 

FALL 2007

Design and Ethnography:  Developing Ethnographic Prototypes

Instructors: Jamer Hunt, Colleen Macklin, Vyjayanthi Rao

This collaborative course will introduce students to the intersection of design and anthropological practices through innovative projects focusing on social relations, urban media and public space. Graduate students from NSSR and Parsons will work together in teams to investigate and develop new approaches, challenge assumptions and invent new prototypes for their respective fields. Observation, experimentation, design intervention and critique will be the primary activities employed.  We are interested in both the ethnography of design and the design of ethnography. Through projects and readings students will develop reflexive approaches to ethnography and design, interrogating the boundaries of intervention traditionally associated with each field. The results of this course will be published online and in book form.

Design and Ethnography Syllabus 

FALL 2006

Mobile Geographies Mumbai
Instructors: Colleen Macklin and Vyjayanthi Rao


Mobile Geographies is a project that aims to create a platform for the production and dissemination of geo-tagged urban information – including historical facts, individual experiences, neighbourhood statistics, planning information and other information deemed important by a community of users. The goal is to connect virtual narrative layers to tangible places, providing a ghosted space where stories, histories and statistics reveal patterns of associations or visions of the future. Mobile phones serve as both the input and output devices of information in this project.


Mobile Geographies Blog

Mobile Geographies Syllabus 

 

Courses and Studios

SPRING 2009

Global Exchange:  Architecture and Social Practice

Instructors: Brian McGrath, Jane Pirone, Vyjayanthi Rao


FALL 2008

Architectural Design Studio 5: Bangkok - The Architecture of 3 Ecologies

Instructor: Brian McGrath


In his book Los Angeles: The Architecture of Four Ecologies, Rayner Banham describes the emergence of four distinct architectural styles tied to specific geographical regions of the city - the beach, the mountains, the valley, the Hollywood hills. Psychologist Felix Guattari’s book The Three Ecologies uses the word ecology less to describe distinct places, but three scales of embedded relations: the psyche, social space, and the environment. This architectural design studio will combine the thinking in these two texts in order to find an architecture that comes out of the contemporary psyche, social relations and environmental issues that Bangkok faces today.

 

Studio Website

Design Studio 5 

 

SUMMER 2008

Monsoon Mobile Studio at PUKAR

Instructors: Galen Green, Vyjayanthi Rao, Adriana Yoto

 

The Monsoon Mobile Studio is composed of PUKAR research fellows and New School design and technology and social science graduates creating mobile phone applications that will enable people to explore history, share information, and raise awareness about the quickly evolving urban fabric of Bombay using their cell phones as a creative tool.  The project was conceived by Vyjayanthi Rao, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research building on an collaborative project on mobile media with Colleen Macklin, Associate Professor of Communication, Design and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design.  The studio was funded from a grant to Prof. Rao by The Ford Foundation, New York.

Monsoon Mobile Blog 

Monsoon Mobile Final Projects 

SPRING 2008

Global Exchange:  Architecture and Social Practice

Instructors: Brian McGrath, Jane Pirone, Vyjayanthi Rao

Global Exchange is designed to identify and study theories, methods, and tools from social science, media studies, and architecture that would enhance the analysis of complex problematic urban conditions and enrich potential design solutions to these problems. The course is structured around three themes: monitoring global flows, mapping spatial heterogeneity and modeling urban resilience. Each theme will include a study of a global city: Mumbai, Shenzhen and Bangkok, and include a parallel field exercise in the New York Region, focusing on Newark, NJ as a localized space of global flows of energy, information, people, materials and wastes. The final goal of the seminar is to develop rapid assessment techniques based on transdisciplinary skills culled from architecture, the social sciences and communication design technologies. Three disciplinary lenses - anthropology, architecture and media design - will be presented, but the goal is to develop transdisciplinary and transnational practices bridging sectors that will benefit from new information and communication technologies as well as new ways of intervening in the field. 


Global Exchange Blog

Global Exchange Syllabus 

FALL 2007

Design and Ethnography:  Developing Ethnographic Prototypes

Instructors: Jamer Hunt, Colleen Macklin, Vyjayanthi Rao

This collaborative course will introduce students to the intersection of design and anthropological practices through innovative projects focusing on social relations, urban media and public space. Graduate students from NSSR and Parsons will work together in teams to investigate and develop new approaches, challenge assumptions and invent new prototypes for their respective fields. Observation, experimentation, design intervention and critique will be the primary activities employed.  We are interested in both the ethnography of design and the design of ethnography. Through projects and readings students will develop reflexive approaches to ethnography and design, interrogating the boundaries of intervention traditionally associated with each field. The results of this course will be published online and in book form.

Design and Ethnography Syllabus 

FALL 2006

Mobile Geographies Mumbai
Instructors: Colleen Macklin and Vyjayanthi Rao


Mobile Geographies is a project that aims to create a platform for the production and dissemination of geo-tagged urban information – including historical facts, individual experiences, neighbourhood statistics, planning information and other information deemed important by a community of users. The goal is to connect virtual narrative layers to tangible places, providing a ghosted space where stories, histories and statistics reveal patterns of associations or visions of the future. Mobile phones serve as both the input and output devices of information in this project.


Mobile Geographies Blog

Mobile Geographies Syllabus 

 

About:

Global Exchange Laboratory is a transdisciplinary space for social scientists, architects and designers to create hybrid methodologies for research and design interventions in global cities. Our courses, collaborations and projects posit new pedagogies and produce tools to help democratize processes of design, research and speculation about complex urban ecologies.

CONTACT: globalexlab@gmail.com

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