INDES 355 Contemporary Design Issues • 5 Cr.


The course aims at creating a critical understanding of contemporary design in the context of global urbanization. The class strives to dig beyond the mainstream architectural historiography and puts forward a critical perspective by introducing non-Western examples, themes including colonialism, feminism and environmental, humanitarian and socially conscious design. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program or permission of instructor.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Identify the ideas and main trends of design after 1950s 
  • Explain the relations between different approaches in design in the last 50-60 years 
  • Assess and critique the built environment they live in 
  • Situate their profession within the society and history 
  • Characterize globalization and its impact on design profession 
  • Generate design projects with a solid theoretical background