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Weekend Intensive in New York Design Innovation: Materials and Technology

Unusual materials can create spaces that not only are exciting but also can stand as personal expressions of the owner. Some of the products and technologies explored in this course have been around for ages but were previously used in different contexts or environments; today’s production techniques have helped simple materials achieve sophisticated designs. Other products are newcomers, still at the cutting edge of recognition and implementation. Architects, designers, fabricators, and artists who are interested in the vast and ever-changing world of innovative materials and technologies can take this course to explore the physical properties and creative possibilities of novel materials. Each week will focus on different material types to explore (wood, metal, glass, stone, plastic, and industrial/common), in order to develop an understanding of the material’s properties, limitations, and creative possibilities. Lectures, research, reading assignments, guest speakers, and field trips will be incorporated into the learning experience. Students, presented with material samples or using specimens they have found on their own, will explore and report on the material’s properties and then transform it in some way relative to their own personal interests, in a series of increasingly complex design challenges.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Advanced principles in a wide variety of residential and nonresidential interior design projects
  • Expanded ability to clearly, creatively, and quickly stress the relationship of environment to behavior and the importance of design sensitivity to human needs
  • The ability to integrate new and emerging materials and techniques into interior design practice

Ideal for

  • Established and mid-level interior design professionals
  • Professionals in real estate and the building trades, as well as the manufacturing, design, and technology sectors
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