Course Details: Spring semester 2002, 3 credits
Place: Riley-Robb B15
Time: T-Th 10:10-11:40
Instructor: Jack Elliott, Assistant Professor
Office E308, 255.9714,
Office hours: Th 14:30-16:30 or whenever door is open.
Teaching Assistants: Julie Lin,
Lauren Gentile,
Jean Perrin,
Requisites: Permission of instructor required. DEA design major core requirement. Non-major enrollment is encouraged.
Objectives: DEA 422 is a design-oriented lecture/seminar course for students who are concerned about the role they play as design professionals in affecting the biophysical world. The course's prime objective is to develop a new worldview founded on a broader sensitivity for things living and an accompanying set of meaningful environmental ethics. The course’s secondary objectives are to develop a deeper knowledge of environmental issues, construct conceptual frameworks for analysis of these issues and to demonstrate how ecological knowledge can be applied to design.
Description: The course consists of a series of one-week topics combining a variety of learning experiences as vehicles for developing ecological awareness as it pertains to design. The emphasis will be maintaining a sustained participation by the student throughout the semester. Students will engage in readings, writings, guided nature hikes, site visits, guest lectures, and class discussions. Course projects will include weekly reading assessments, an eco-sensitivity project, and a real-world green team project. Student presentations will be conducted at the end of the term.
Required Readings: The Green Imperative, Victor Papanek
State of the World 2002, Lester R. Brown, ed.
Reshaping the Built Environment, Charles Kibert, ed.
Ishmael, Daniel Quinn
Attendance: Classroom attendance is required and noted. Students are expected to arrive on time and stay until the scheduled end of the class. Two excused absences are allowed if prior arrangements have been made. Excessively late arrivals and early departures from class will be recorded as absences.
Grading: Final grades will be letter grades based on the arithmetic average of the weekly summaries, participation performance, and project assessments. Work not submitted in time will not be accepted later, except with valid prior notification or substantiation. Students are encouraged to discuss their grades at any time but should do so outside of regular class during office hours or at some other mutually agreed to time.
Incompletes: Incompletes are assigned when some part of the course is not finished for reason’s deemed satisfactory by the instructor, following the policies of the College of Human Ecology.
Accommodation: In compliance with the Cornell University policy and equal access laws, students with disabilities are encouraged to discuss appropriate academic accommodations with the instructor. Requests for academic accommodations are to be made during the first three weeks of the semester, except for unusual circumstances, so arrangements can be made. Students must register with Student Disability Services to verify their eligibility before accommodations will be provided.
Materials: Use of sustainable media demonstrating re-use, reduction or recycling is required. The form of sustainable use must be indicated at the bottom of printed pages if it is not obvious.
Computer Access: Use of G76 computer lab requires all users to fill out and sign the CAD Use Contract Form. This form gathers information such as location of facility, user name, and net id and outlines rights and responsibilities of CAD users. This responsibility includes the collective financial responsibility of all signatories for any facility damage. It also lists the number of printing credits awarded to each user by their instructor. The CAD Use Contract Form must be signed by both the user and the instructor in order for the user to be given the door code to access the facility and for the computer technician to assign the password that will allow use of computer and printing. The completed, signed form is given to the DEA Admin Manager who records and passes the information to the computer technician. A password is then assigned along with the number of printing credits for each individual user. This process can take up to 3 days to complete so please plan accordingly. Each user should remain aware of the printing credit balance and approach the instructor to request additional credits prior to the balance reaching zero.
Course Outline: Week 1: Introduction. Course overview, introduction of team-based projects (TBP). Project site visit. Quinn readings.
Week 2: Ecological challenges. Flavin et al. 1, 3. Plantation hike + two other hikes (confirmed). TBP research.
Week 3: Biophysical ecology I. Flavin et al. 4, 7. Papanek 1. Eco-village hike + two other hikes. TBP proposals due.
Week 4: Biophysical ecology II. Kibert 3. Papanek 8, 9. Wild Flower Hike.
Week 5: Human ecology. Kibert 4. Papanek 3, 4. Talk the Walk analysis due.
Week 6: Introduction to green design, history of green design. Kibert 2, 11,12. Guest speaker: Richard Meier.
Week 7: TBP midterm presentations (location to be determined). Kibert 5. Papanek 2.
Week 8: Green design theory. Kibert 15, 16. Guest speaker: Neelam Sethi.
Week 10: Site ecologies. Kibert 9. Papanek 5, 6. Eco-sensitivity project due.
Week 11: Energy and materials in green design. Kibert 6, 7. Tour of Cornell’s Lake Source Cooling Facility.
Week 12: Building processes in green design. Kibert 8, 10. Tour of Ithaca’s Solid Waste Management Center.
Week 13: Delivering the Goods I. TBP final presentations (location to be determined). Papanek 12.
Week 14: Delivering the Goods II. TBP final presentations (location to be determined).
Week 15: Wrap-up. Course journals, final project materials due.
Readings: All reading assignments must utilize the following structure:
1) Summarize (in your own words)
2) Criticize (effectiveness, points of agreement and contention)
3) Synthesize (affect on you personally and professionally).
Note: This course is subject to changes in content, scheduling, or other aspects of the teaching/learning experience without notice.