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Green Design from Geddes to Gore

Semester and Year SP 2019
Course Number IDSEM-UG1627
Section 001
Instructor Mitchell Joachim
Days M
Time 3:30 PM - 6:10 PM
Units 4
Level U
Requirement   HUM


Section 002 for Environmental Studies majors only.


Students will explore the designers, cultures, and suppositions about the contemporary environmental movement. Who are the key figures that first ignited the green design revolution and its ensuing agenda? Who effectively promoted maxims such as “energy crisis,” “climate change,” and “sustainability?" Many books, films, projects, and actions contributed to the irresistible success of mainstream eco-values. Which readings initially established the core underpinning of this environmental debate— Hiroshima  by John Hersey,  Silent Spring  by Rachel Carson, or  Ecology of Freedom  by Murray Bookchin—and how are they linked today? The class will review architecture and art, and unpack texts by thinkers such as Patrick Geddes, Henry David Thoreau, Ebenezer Howard, John Muir, Louis Sullivan, Ivan Illich, Buckminster Fuller, Sim Van der Ryn, Victor Papanek, Paul Hawken, Amory Lovins, William McDonough, Marc Reisner, Jared Diamond, and Al Gore. In tandem, we acutely review seminal designs and works by Antoni Gaudi, Norman Bel Geddes, Bruce Goff, Rudolf Steiner, Samuel Mockbee, and others. The overall objective is twofold: to survey the lager historical context of ecological design and define specific contributions to the green movement.


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Interdisciplinary Seminars (IDSEM-UG)