THIS IS NOT A CLASS! (i.e. xCLASS)
Environmental Art Activism aka Mutualistic and Socio-Ecological Systems Design (xDesign) aka an Introduction to Natural Infrastructure Systems Engineering.(NiCE)
Why do I have to join this new CIA? What sort of Creative Independent Agency and do I have any? Is it a new (urban) Space Agency?
What xcertifications can I earn?
What is an Impatient?
What is a Florista?
Why are we focussing on infrastructure? Isn’t behavior , or for that matter any significant environmental issue?
and mutualistic systems designs to address the challenges of the C21st.
aka How to transitioning to SYSTEMS that IMPROVE, rather and degrade human and environmental health.
This xCLASS is an opportunity to explore your agency to produce desirable social and environmental change. In this xCLASS we will use human and environmental health as the metric and proxy for the common good. This frames environmental issues as tractable and enables individuals (aka Impatients) and small groups (or organizations) to improve air, soil and water quality.
This is a participatory practicum, intensive Clinic and xMOOC re-imagining, redesigning our shared urban environments towards improving our shared Environmental Health with a special emphasis on public experiments, convivial learning, material visual and quantitative representational strategies. How can we (one) develop the expertise required to address contemporary challenges? why does creative agency, or independent creative agency matter?
This xCLASS introduces the powerful concept that systems can improve human dn env heatlh. The fundamental idea: that to engage in contemporary environmental issues and material culture, it is not sufficient to reduce food miles, or reduce carbon footprints, or divest from fossil fuels or negate existing behavior, infrastructure or enterprises—although the critique is valuable. It is important to re- imagine, redesign and to test, develop and implement systems that IMPROVE HUMAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH.
Not only does the xCLINIC xCLASS proposes that our shared infrastructure CAN be designed to improve, rather than degrade human and environmental health, we use our own local environment–i.e. the NYU campus and surrounds–as our exhibition space. Actually our XHIBITION, in order to connate that these are public experiments for convivial learning, rather than fait-accompli-finished-public-art-works. The idea that university campus is the place to pilot new infrastructure–that is, if we are not testing and deploying innovative new systems at universes and colleges then where are we doing so?–is part of the intellectual leadership (and Nonprofit Status) of NYU. Hence we will explore and test the institutional agency of NYU, and the student/consumer/debtor.
Keywords; Key Concepts:
Environmental Health Clinic(xCLINIC); CIA; xWORK; Impatients; Civic innovation; Leaf Area Index (LAI); Messy Cities; institutional critique; critical making; tangible media; contestational robotics; public experiments; lifestyle experiments; structures of participation; howstuffismade and howitcanchange (HISM); critical realism; Anthropocene; Golden Spiking!; visualization; crisis of agency; mutualistic systems design; proxies for the common good
The Climate crisis revealed the more insidious crisis: the crisis of agency–aka: what to do in the face of shared, uncertain environmental threat. How do we re-imagine and redesign our shared urban environment?
We examine how we respond—our respone-ability. We can respond not only with concern, research, legislation, but with our own creative imaginary. Can and how do our individual actions become a force of social and environmental transformation? How do we, and how do we decide to produce a desirable future? What agency do I have? Do I have any capacity to change my local urban environment? This is a fundamental challenge to our (individual and collective) political agency, our cultural imagination and our scientific and economic understanding. We will use complex urban ecosystems as our primary object of analysis. Therefore we ask: What is a smart city? Can we seize the opportunity that new technology provides to change our relationship to natural systems, to improve public health, cultural resources, productivity and environmental performance? What can we learn from “big data” that we didn’t already know? Can a city be responsive and to whom and what should it respond? What is a citi-hackers or impatient citizen? This course provides an introduction to the wicked problems involved in the socio-technical design of cities and of our own lives.
Is this too complex? Who is qualified to intervene; to participate in designing their local environment, their city; scientific and technical knowledge? What kinds of changes do our cities need to undertake to increase environmental performance, improve public health, develop and incentivize economic and entrepreneurial opportunities? What are the limitations of market-based participatory democracy for addressing shared environmental health?