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EDPX 3350/4350: Sustainable Design, Winter 2020 pdf syllabus
Designing for the ANTHROPOCENE
Instructor: Timothy Weaver, tweaver2@du.edu, 303.871.3279
Shwayder Art Building, Rm 213,
office hrs: MW 8:30 to 9:45AM (
please confirm appointments 24 hrs. in advance)

c o u r s e  o v e r v i e w
This course surveys and functionally implements the foundations of sustainable design strategies as a praxis intersecting the domains of digital media design, dissemination, community organization and networking. The course builds upon the basic paradigms that have coalesced in the organizational and critical platforms of the sustainable design movement including ecology/environment, economy/employment, equity/equality and education/pedagogy/dissemination.

The class reviews a wide spectrum of sustainable design strategies as they relate to the including: mapping of consumptive origin-thru-fate, green materials usage, creative commons, open source software/hardware movements, collaborative design, predictive complexity modeling, biomimicry, evolutionary design methods, and greening infrastructure among others. Lab fee. Prerequisites: EDPX 2300 and EDPX 2400 or permission of instructor.

This version of EDPX 3350 Sustainable Design will be conducted as a design workshop focusing on scenarios and solutions engaged with Designing for the Anthropocene.

o b j e c t i v e s
: : t h e o r y : :
:: Introduce and expand the theoretical concepts and processes that characterize the intersecting domains of sustainable design, creative survival and digital design / authoring / networking;

: : n o m e n c l a t u r e : :
:: Follow the etymology and context of the Anthropocene, the implications of the widespread usage of this term in relation to the status and language of sustainability;

: : c o n t e x t : :
:: Build an insightful platform for the contextual understanding of local-to-regional-to-global sustainability in relation to the critical issues of ecology, economy, and equity;
:: Build insight into the contexts of time and scale in relation to sustainable futures;
:: Initiate a recognition of the intersection of sustainable solutions, industrial ecologies and circular economies;

: : t  e c h n i q u e : :
:: Characterize the diversity of tools, techniques and methods that exemplify, expand, implement and disseminate the concepts, language and connectivity of sustainability;
::  Perpetuate/mentor   the  knowledge  train/access  to  these  tools  and  techniques  to  empower creative solution and intuition for collective communication, collaborative networking and creative survival;
:: Build an bridge between design and systems thinking and sustainable design;
:: Open a functional relationship between speculative/climate fiction and sustainability studies; 

: : c r i t i c a l  d i a l o g u e : :
:: Expand the language of sustainable design for the enablement of critical dialogue, analysis of works, expansion of literacy and exchange of ideas and criticism;
:: Charge this environment with an atmosphere that challenges the binary assumptions of the sustainable and non-sustainable on shifting/adaptive ground
::  Foster   a  collective   diversity   of  criticism   that  promotes   experimentation,   research,   and affirmation of new creative thought, identity, collabration and possibilities;

: : n e t w o r k : :
:: Develop an inclusive group environment for the questioning, discussion, and exploration of the potential and forward reaching directions of sustainable design for future investigation and engagement;
:: Cultivate a symbiotic pedagogical relationship among class participants which includes internal mentoring, bottom-up input, and collaborative materialization of work;
:: Initiate a collaborative and cooperative network among class participants for future creative/sustainable  endeavors parallel to and beyond the academic institution; and

: : r e s o u r c e : :
:: Provide utilitarian resources as survival tools for the continuation  of future collaborations  from this group network.

c o u r s e  p o l i c i e s
In order to meet course objectives the following requirements are critical to the attainment of an inclusive environment that is supportive to all participants:


Attendance is mandatory. 3 unexcused absences constitutes the drop of 1 letter grade for the course (3 lates=1 absence). An unexcused absence from any critique or critique segment will constitute the immediate drop of 1 letter grade for the course. Non-attendance at final critique/project presentation results in failing grade (F) for course.

disability and/or medical accommodation
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability or medical condition should contact the Disability Services Program to coordinate reasonable accommodations.  They are located on the 4th floor of Ruffatto Hall; 1999 E. Evans Ave. 303.871. / 2372 / 2278/ 7432.  Information is also available on line at <http://www.du.edu/disability/dsp> For more details see the Handbook for Students with Disabilities.

Active and supportive participation in all project critiques, discussions, and presentations will be expected from all group members.

quality of work

All creative work under consideration for critique or discussion under this course should be of a completed/finished quality that warrants the attention and respect of your cohorts. No excuses, or explanations.


Work will be graded on the basis of fulfillment of course requirements combined with an assessment of assigned work. This assessment will be weighed in terms of degree of effort, creativity, and individual growth through the session. Grades will be assigned according to the University Policy as follows:

A superior/excellent
B good/better than average
C competent/average
D minimum passing
F failing