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UDIST-3000-4: Parks, Environment, and Leisure

Spring 2021

Subject: Upper Level Interdisciplinary Studio
Type: Workshop
Delivery Mode: Online
Level: Undergraduate

Course Dates: January 25, 2021 — May 09, 2021
Meetings: Wed 7:00-08:55PM
Instructor: Kim Anno

Units: 3.0
Enrolled: 16/15 Closed


Upper Division Interdisciplinary Studios extend a student's cross-school experience from Core Studio up into their upper division years. 3 units of Interdisciplinary Studio are required of all majors and must be completed in the junior or senior year. This advanced level studio is thematic in nature. Technical demonstrations are paired with thoughtful readings, seminar discussions and ambitious projects. Collaboration, experimentation and presentation skills are developed in concert with critical thinking.Section DescriptionThis course is a creative interdisciplinary investigation in the art, design, history, social conflicts, and aesthetics of Parks and Leisure. The course is also part of a collaborative: E SCHOOL : A fine arts, H&S, and Architecture environmental justice collaborative.  How do we make sense of historical decisions as we reflect now on the consequences of climate change on our parks and leisure? What role can art and design play in a redefinition of human interaction in wilderness and urban parks?  How can we protect the fragility rivers and creeks in the face of environmental challenges to water? What do relational human pathways look like? What decisions can we make? Each of these areas mitigate complex histories as natural celebrations, catharsis, memorials, monuments.  Depending on student locations, social distancing, and access to transportation, we will visit parks such as a TBA national park, Angel Island, China Camp, Rush Ranch Preserve, and the Albany Bulb. If you are international, and can visit parks where you are, that too can be your subject to make work about. The Park is an adaptation of desire for both history and nature in close proximities. Parks are also sites for social contradictions. Interdisciplinary projects will respond to these parks with an eye towards environmental justice impacts.Leisure time looks different due to Covid 19. Have you been able to integrate leisure time into your current circumstances? If not, we will construct a pathway forward, and if so, we will begin to study the nuances of nature and the edges of our urban localities. How can we use the lens of environmental justice to study the placement and nature of parks adjacent to cities?

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