Networked Cities

This course will explore the relationships between people and socio-technical systems with respect to the future of living and working in cities.

Specific topics may include: emerging innovation spaces and user-driven innovation; privacy and surveillance; collaborative, open source and sharing economies; distributed and networked forms of organizing; citizenship, the role of the public and public space; social innovation and sustainability. Rather than focusing on designing solutions, this course emphasizes the discovery of language and terminology, the definition of new questions and approaches, and the creation of artifacts, probes, scenarios and prototypes that are important for thinking about emergent, future-oriented areas of design.

Learning Objectives
Students will become familiar with key theories from communications, science and technology studies and design in order to develop a nuanced understanding of the relationships between people, technologies and places. Emphasis is placed on applying user research methods (ethnographic observation, qualitative interviewing, data analysis) in order to reframe issues, define design guidelines and create artifacts, probes, scenarios and prototypes.

Learning Outcomes

  • Become familiar with theories from communications, science, and technology studies
  • Develop a sophisticated, critical perspective on the relationships between people, technologies and places
  • Use ethnographic observation, qualitative interviewing, with secondary research and data analysis
  • Gain experience with methodologies such as inventive methods, critical making, design fiction, critical and speculative design along with guidelines for the creation of artifacts, probes, scenarios and prototypes.
Managing Interdisciplinary Teams Design Connoisseurship Engaging Stakeholders in Innovation Special Topics Faculty Research Design Process and Knowledge Making the User Centered Case
Modeling Complexity Theories of Communication Fundamentals of Visual Communication Advanced Diagramming Metaphor and Analogy in Design Diagram Development Communication Strategies Communication Design Workshop
Extensions of Media and Technology Interactive Space Interaction Design for Embedded Systems Interaction Design for Immersive Systems Prototyping Interactions Persuasive Interaction Design History of Interaction Design Interaction Design Methods Digital Development Workshop Interaction Design Workshop
Planning + Strategy
Designing Futures Adaptive Leadership Strategies for Open Innovation Organizational Models for Innovation Social and Economic Context of Design New Venture Design Innovation Methods Planning Implementation Business Models and Value Webs Business Frameworks and Strategy Design Planning Workshop Introduction to Portfolio Planning
Design Development & Implementation Product Architecture and Platforms Form and Materials New Product Definition Product Design Workshop
Systems and Systems Theory in Design Networked Objects Networked Cities Human System Integration Systems Modeling and Prototyping Platform-based Design Strategy Systems Approach to Design Information Structuring and Management Structured Planning Workshop Service Systems Workshop
User Research
Stimulus in Design Research Behavioral Economics Online Research Methods Principles and Methods of User Research Coding and Analysis Co-Design and Participatory Research Methods Survey Methods Cultural Probes Experience Modeling Interview Methods Research Photography Research Planning & Execution