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Designing for Change: SDGs + Re-Thinking the Status Quo

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Thursdays, Feb 28 - Mar 14 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-PDM-2883 ( Class not open for registration )
3 sessions | 9 contact hours | tuition $215


The mass of plastic and mixed material in landfills, waterways and oceans poses an unprecedented threat to life, and the design community plays a decisive role in the response to this threat. We need practical education to reevaluate our systems, whose failure is being brought into focus by several global commitments, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015. In this course we will learn about the UN SDGs, as well as business and other institutional commitments aimed at mitigating, and ultimately replacing, the take, make, waste status quo, otherwise known as the linear economy. There will be a comprehensive introduction to alternative circular and regenerative production and sourcing models, and a survey of its architects and participants. In each class students will apply new concepts to re-frame the goals of design, trace resource chains, and evaluate the true costs of raw materials.

Applies to: PM-E

  • Name: Janel Twogood (Bio)