Humanities Design Studios

In a multi-tiered Humanities ‘Design’ Studio, participants can develop processes for producing imaginative solutions to problems that are complex in form, content, and scale. They can explore questions, assemble information, consult specialists, analyze precedents, test techniques, study contexts, generate insights, imagine new worlds, or consider new forms of communication. Two of these studios will be hosted each academic year and will be competitively-selected, conducted as 3-credit courses, and ‘vertically’ organized to include, ideally, four humanities doctoral students as well as four masters students from the School of Architecture or advanced undergraduate students from any area. This structure will foster mentorship between students by allowing them to share their diverse humanistic knowledge and technical skillsets. Studios will have a budget for materials, software licenses, digital fabrication, graphic design, server space, disk storage, and other costs directly related to the teaching of the studio and to the development of projects within the studio. Studio participants may also enlist the expertise of a GIS Specialist/Developer affiliated with the Initiative who will assist with the visualization needs that projects might require and provide tutorials in GIS applications as needed.