At the 2nd International Conference on Design Principles and Practices in Miami, we argued that work methodologies for different disciplines such as dance and software development are actually quite similar and that both are driven ultimately by the Creative Process as defined by various researchers. We further proposed that using the Creative Process as the primary link between disciplines provides opportunities to bring together different fields and practitioners for collaboration and design creation. This year’s paper serves as the practical application of last year’s proposal and provides a case study in an academic environment. We developed and taught a course in the Geography and Urban Studies Department at Temple University that provided an interdisciplinary opportunity for both students and instructors to collaborate on a design product. The course brought together the disciplines of Dance, Architecture, and Geography in order to examine various design methodologies and introduced students to the Creative Process as a methodological basis for design. Because it plays a significant role in each discipline’s theoretical foundation, the concept of space served as the unifying component for the course and permitted students to collaborate in an interdisciplinary fashion to create a design proposal for a well known urban space in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This paper will highlight the design and teaching processes for the course.
|Keywords:||Interdisciplinary Coursework, Collaboration, Design Processes|
Strategic Planning Coordinator, Division of Technology, City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, Rowan University, Philadelphia, NJ, USA
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