Students are recreating urbanist William Whyte’s study using the same public spaces he did to analyze the impact of technology on human behavior. They are working in multidisciplinary teams of three or four visiting Seagram Plaza, Paley Plaza and Bryant Park, all in Midtown Manhattan, several times during the semester to observe, interview and film patrons who are using the spaces. Like Whyte, they consider seating, street access, sun, water, trees, food, triangulation. and proportion. Layered on top of this analysis is thoughtful consideration of how cell phones, tablets and laptops have changed the way we use and relate to one another in public space. Students will feature the results of their findings in a documentary.
Students are working on developing a sports rehabilitative product while considering topics such as sustainability, manufacturability, and social implications of their solutions. Design analysis and prototyping skills are being applied to obtain an optimal design while considering broad constraints of the project. Students will document their achievements through presentations, including a marketing one-sheet and an elevator pitch for their product.