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Guide to the Parsons School of Design Integrated Design Curriculum student work, 2004-2009

Collection Overview

Repository

Parsons Institutional Collections

Collection Identifier

PC.02.06.01

Creator

Parsons School of Design.

Creator - Donor

Rabinovitz, Robert

Title

Parsons School of Design Integrated Design Curriculum student work, 2004-2009

Extent

1.5 linear ft: 2 boxes, 6 folders

Language of Materials

English

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Parsons School of Design Integrated Design Curriculum student work, PC.02.06.01, box __, folder __, The New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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Historical Note

The Integrated Design Curriculum (IDC), originally situated in the now defunct Department of Core Studies, was an interdisciplinary program for undergraduate BFA candidates studying in a minimum of two departments of Parsons School of Design. The first cohort of IDC students graduated in 2004, having entered Parsons in 2000 when IDC classes were first introduced for "academically advanced" students who wished to combine liberal arts methodologies with design.

The senior year IDC project was known as a Design Enterprise Project and involved students undertaking an interdisciplinary research project to investigate a social issue and propose a design-based response. According to the founding director of IDC, Ken Stevens, "It is the notion of enterprise that sets the DEP apart from the usual thesis inquiries familiar to the liberal arts and traditional design disciplines. In portraying the feasability of their projects, the IDC seniors are required to show an appreciation of social realities and to anticipate the needs of an emerging economy embedded in an ever-changing culture" (Ready for Action: Design Enterprise Projects 2005).

As of 2016, Integrated Design still exists as a program within the School of Design Strategies. Projects continue to focus on ameliorating social inequality through design and fostering sustainability within the design disciplines.

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Scope and Content of Collection

The collection primarily consists of representative senior theses from the first five years of Integrated Design Curriculum graduating classes.

Theses typically take the form of illustrated bound reports, often in book form. Dimensions, binding, materials used in the production of the report, and ratio of text to visual materials vary widely. Most of the theses were produced using digital software, although some, such as Robin Hasty's handmade book focusing on the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook, are screen printed.

No syllabi or assignment prompts are included in this collection. It is unclear if the materials in the collection consist of final completed theses, or if they are drafts. Years may be estimated and should not be interpreted as the definitive year of student's graduation.

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Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in 2 series

  1. General, 2004-2005
  2. Senior theses, 2004-2009

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Parsons Institutional Collections - October 31, 2017

66 5th Avenue
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New York, New York
212.229.5942
archivist@newschool.edu

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], Parsons School of Design Integrated Design Curriculum student work, PC.02.06.01, box __, folder __, The New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research use. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment.

Use Restrictions

In accordance with The New School's Intellectual Property Rights Policy, copyright is held by each thesis's respective author. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Records transferred to the New School Archives and Special Collections by School of Design Strategies professor Robert Rabinovitz, 2013.

Processing Information note

Processed with assistance from Cynthia Lawson while she was Associate Provost of Design Strategies (2013). Yenna Chan's Art and Design Practice class contributed suggestions for the finding aid's completion (2017).

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Related Materials

Additional records of the Integrated Design program will be found in the Parsons School of Design Academic Departments, Programs and Schools record groups, both closed and ongoing (PC.02.01.01 and PC.02.01.02).

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Genre(s)

  • Student projects.
  • Theses

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Collection Inventory

Series I. General 2004-2005, undated 

Box Folder
"The All Mighty" [external collaboration project], 2004 
1 1
Altos de Chavon, 2005, undated 
1 2
Delgado, Ursula. Untitled student work, 2005 

Project completed as a course assignment. This is not a senior thesis as the student transferred to another department prior to her senior year.

1 3

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Series II. Senior theses 2004-2009 

Arrangement is chronological by year and alphabetical by student name within each year.

Box Folder

Undated 

Box Folder
O'Brien, Catherine. "The Loop" 

An early example of a digital healthcare project.

1 4

2004 

Box Folder
Nagler, Erich. "Sustainable Communication Design" 
1 5
Robbins, Gary. "Handmade Graphics: A Place for Craft in an Industrial Age" 
1 6
Sears, Gradwell. "Antistresskit" 

The physical kit produced as part of this thesis is not present in the archives.

1 7
Shah, Ronak. "InteracTV" 
1 8
Torsone, Arley-Rose. "The Milford Solution" 
1 9

2005 

Box Folder
Law, Sondra Frances. "An Example of Design Implementation within Universal Design and Air Travel" 
1 10
Lumpkin, Troy. "Reaching the Homeless in Public" 
1 11
Meriam, Scott. "While Supplies Last" 
1 12
Rueda, Maria Cristina. "The Rosewood Project" 
1 13
Siddiqi, Hena. "Design Enterprise Methodology and User Guide" 
1 14

2006 

Box Folder
Unidentified student. "The Confer Chair" 
1 15
Antonakos-Wallace, Christina Joy. "With Wings and Roots" 
1 16
Dodds, Karen. "Furnishing the City with Social Space: The Public Stoop" 
1 17
Mikhalchuk, Natasha. "Kolky: The Ukranian Rural Experience" 
1 18
Snook, Mika Cali. "The After School Special Project" 
1 19

2007 

Box Folder
Chao, Stephanie. "Mobility and the Cityscape" 
1 20
Cheung, Vincent. "Sewn Together" 
1 21
Hasty, Robyn. "Red Hook: An Exploration of Identity" 
p_6 1
Johns, Caroline. "Transit(ions)" 
1 22

2008 

Box Folder
Digilova, Diana. "GorskiID" 
1 23
Fairless, Chelsea. "Chelsea" 
1 24
Lasden, Jamie. "Untitled" 
1 25-27
Smith, Anastasia. "Lucidia Umbra" 
1 28
Suber, Emily. "Press" 
1 29
Udemezue, Chris. "Untitled: My Work in Context and Impact" 

The video portion of this thesis is not present in the archives.

2 1
Ulendeeva, Polina. "Comfort. Play! Teach." 
2 2

2009 

Box Folder
Au, Melanie. "The Book of Guidelines for Your Creative Process" 
2 3
Clendenen, Ivy. "Manhattan Moccasins" 
2 4
Damato, Nina. "Sensing the City: Slowness through Observation" 

A second part of this thesis is not present in the archives.

2 5
Frumkin, Yulia. "The Center: Space as an Agent for Social Change" 

This thesis is an early example of Parsons School of Design students researching the Hunt's Point neighborhood in the Bronx.

2 6
Goodwin, Jeremy. "The Parsons Quad: Communal Space for Students" 
p_9 5
Howard, Megan. "Sustainable Exchange: Methods and Practices for Collaborative Partnerships" 
p_9 6
Hyland, Sarah. "A Design School Memoir" 
p_9 7
Krygowska, Justyna. "Creating Interaction" 
p_9 8
Pham, Caroline. "Supra Functional" 
p_9 9

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Collection Guide Last Updated: 10/31/2017

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