INDD 300 - F032: Core Studio Industrial Design

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Topic: Remaking the Circular Economy // Louise St. Pierre with Nicole Preissl

In this class, we bring an indigenous perspective to ideas of circular economies. To indigenize means to connect deeply to place; to honour different ways of being, knowing, and making. We will explore the diverse ancestries of the class with guest mentor Nicole Preissl, a Sto:lo graduate of the Industrial Design program. Nicole will work closely with faculty, visit the class to review work, and host round-table conversations periodically through the semester.

Together, we will critically examine the circular economy through iterative acts of making. In addition to indigenous perspectives, we will include traditional Japanese culture; Fibersheds (local resourcing); Craft of Use (user agency); Oikology (permaculture in domestic design); and Earth Logic (an Earth-centric view of circular economies). Students will design a series of products or processes for different scales of usership and circularity in a post-growth future.

Nicole Preissl (BDes, 2019) was born and raised in Burnaby but is Sto:lo from Leq’a:mel First Nation. Her great-grandmother was Squamish from X̱wemelch’stn and great grandfather from Katzie. Nicole is an active alumna and Emily Carr community member, passing on her knowledge to others through workshops in the Aboriginal Gathering Place. Recently, Nicole has been doing administrative work for Wild Bird Trust of British Columbia assisting on virtual program delivery, and teaching weaving and other Guilds for EartHand Gleaners virtual program offerings.

Louise St. Pierre (PhD 2020) is a settler from French Canadian areas of the Canadian Prairies. She has been teaching for a kazillion years, and so changes her classes constantly. She has written several books that circle around her passions in sustainable design, mindfulness, and design with nature. She lives in Vancouver with her husband and cat, and has finally learned how to make spoons to add to her collection.


Completion of 51 credits, including INDD 210 (Core Studio in Industrial Design), DHIS-201, and SOCS-202"

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Date / Time Days Room Building
Sep 7-Dec 18
M W B3130 MAIN
Sep 7-Dec 18
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