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New York Design Innovation: Materials and Technology

Unusual materials can create exciting spaces that are that personal expressions of their owner. Some products and technologies have been around for ages in different contexts or environments, and today’s production techniques have helped simple materials achieve sophisticated designs. Other products are newcomers, still at the cutting edge of recognition and implementation. In this course, explore the physical properties and creative possibilities of different materials. Each week, investigate and increase your knowledge of a different material type (wood, metal, glass, stone, plastic, and industrial/common). Assignments will afford the opportunity to explore and transform materials in a way that relates to your own personal interests. Lectures, reading assignments, guest speakers, and field trips also will be part of the learning experience. This course is perfect for architects, designers, artists, and anyone else who is interested in the vast and ever-changing world of innovative materials and technologies.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Greater knowledge of the physical characteristics and limitations of at least five different material types, including wood, glass, metal, stone, and plastic
  • An understanding of how modern technology and local fabrication resources can enhance creativity
  • Hands-on techniques for transforming materials in simple yet sophisticated ways that will translate into actual projects
  • An advanced, professional-level vocabulary of materials through interaction with vendors and materials experts in the New York City region
  • A working collection of one-of-a-kind prototypes for your own local materials palette

Ideal for

  • Interior design professionals
  • Interior design enthusiasts
  • Architects, designers, artists, and anyone else who is interested in the vast and ever-changing world of innovative materials and technologies
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.