Fashion — like all global industries — is a complex system that requires dismantling at many levels.
In this course we will start with a strong understanding of context; what are we working with here, and lay out the major issues to move towards a system which is Good for the Earth, Good for the People. Solutions come in the form of system design—it’s a form of design thinking applied to systems.
You become both a researcher and an advocate. Become a professional troublemaker.
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Crash Course Curriculum
- 4 classes
Goals of the class — How to make a difference?
- Have a strong understanding of context: what are we working with here, fashion is a complex system that requires dismantling at many levels
- Solutions come in form of system designs, it’s a new form of design thinking applied to systems
- You become both a researcher and an advocate
- Become a professional troublemaker
Class 1: Introduction to Sustainability Literacy
- Sustainability Literacy 101
- Fashion’s foundations in colonialism
- Circularity and Transparency
- Towards an ethical foundation: Everything you make returns to the earth as either food or poison
Class 2: Fashion & Waste-Led Design
- Circular design
- Material science & process
- Human-Centered Design
Class 3: Design Solutions with Jungwon Kim
- Design Strategies: Design Framing for a Wicked Problem
- Solution-focused thinking and abductive reasoning
- Maya Biosphere in Guatemala: natural climate solutions
Class 4: Design Justice with Ibada Wadud
- Design Foundations
- Mapping systems of oppression
- The evolution of Human-Centered Design: Equity-Centered Design