208320 STUDIO in Industrial Design II

STUDIO in Industrial Design II 208320
Social -Sustainable design
Spring 2016-17
(3 credits, EQ)

Design of a product or a system of high complexity, application of industrial design processes and methods. Emphasis on design goals and objectives setting, preparation of a design brief, comprehensive design based on: technical/technological, design, marketing, social, psychological and ecological considerations. Development and analysis of alternative solutions and preparation of a presentation. Method: individual work. Requirements: complete presentation, including a program, evaluation of alternatives and a well-reasoned solution, ongoing active contact with the instructors.


Dr. David Behar, davidbe@ar.technion.ac.il
Office Sego 506, 04-8294038
Office hours: Thursdays 2:00–3:00 pm, and by appointment

Monday or Wednesday afternoon, 5 hours per week

* Manzini E., 1989, The Material of Invention: Materials and Design, MIT Press.
* Vezzoli C. A., Manzini E., Design for Environmental Sustainability, 2010, Springer Press. Clark H., Brody D., Ed., Design Studies – a Reader, 2009, Berg Pub.
* Fuad A., Eco Design – The Source Book, 2002, Thames & Hudson.
* Margolin, Victor, The Politics of the Artificial, 2002, Univ. of Chicago press Papanek Victor, Design for the Real World, 1972, Thames & Hudson
* Papanek Victor, The Green Imperative, 1995, Thames & Hudson
* Schumacher E.F., Small is Beautiful – Economics as if People Mattered, 1973, Harper NY Whiteley Nigel, Design for Society, 1993, Reaktion Books, London

Online Resources






Course Objectives
(1) Students will learn to research and apply social concerns and values into a design process
(2) Students will learn to develop a prototype with the involvement of the end users/public
(3) Students will learn about central theoretical concerns that related to the field of social design

Course Topics
* Social Design discourse
* Social Design Action research processes

Course Expectations & Grading
The studio research process will include finding an everyday dilemma, opening up research questions, identifying and addressing interested members of the public, field and design research in accordance to Action-research methodology, prototype developing, testing and evaluating.

Key Dates
To be discussed in the beginning of the semester

Assignments & Readings
Participation in class discussions is crucial and students will be asked to take primary responsibility for the analysis and interrogation of course material. Each week students must submit 3 questions based on the week’s readings. Questions should provide entry points or provocations for class discussion. Questions should be submitted to lecturer and presenters via email by 8 PM Sunday evening, one day before class.
In the beginning of the semester, students will sign up in pairs to give a short presentation of an article and a study case – where they are expected to discuss works of design/art in the context of their readings, providing entry points or provocations for class discussion. The rest of the presentation is expected to engage with presenters’ comments as well as adding their own responses or “takes” to the readings. Given the quantity of material covered, each student should expect to lead presentations twice over the course of the semester. Students presenting are not expected to submit questions for that week. Students are not be limited by PowerPoint – they are asked to be creative with how they present their articles/works.

The strength of the university depends on academic and personal integrity. In this course, you must be honest and truthful. Ethical violations include cheating on exams, plagiarism, reuse of assignments, improper use of the Internet and electronic devices, unauthorized collaboration, alteration of graded assignments, forgery and falsification, lying, facilitating academic dishonesty, and unfair competition.
In addition, the specific ethics guidelines for this course are:
(1) No mobile phones are allowed during class
(2) No web surfing is allowed during class
Report any violations you witness to the instructor.

Students with Disabilities
Any student with a disability who may need accommodations in this class must obtain an accommodation letter from Technion International’s guidance counselor, at: counselor@int.technion.ac.il

ABET Outcomes
* Ability to apply social design principles (a).
* Ability to design and conduct design research, analyze and interpret data and field findings (b).
* Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs (c).
* Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams (d).
* Ability to identify, formulate and solve design problems (e).
* Understanding of professional, social and ethical responsibility (f).
* Ability to communicate effectively (g).
* The broad education necessary to understand the impact of design solutions in a global and societal context (h).
* Recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning (i).
* Knowledge of contemporary discourse (j).
* Ability to use the techniques, skills and modern design tools necessary for social design practice (k).