Design Futures + Ecologies

In this course, we explore strategies of designing for complexity in Portland, the Pacific Northwest, and the Pacific Rim. We discuss iterative, generative and transdisciplinary design processes as they relate to dynamic systems. We review skills such as matrix mapping, creating cooperative networks, adaptive processes and effective client engagement. Participants learn to recognize design opportunities through system indicators in the world around them, and develop their own design epistemology and tool kit for strategic planning.