Design in Interdisciplinary and Historical Perspective

An Introduction by Professors of the Department of Design

In the Department of Design at Trier University of Applied Sciences, many different subjects are taught, each with its own subject areas and history: Architecture, interior design, intermedia design, communication design, fashion design as well as jewelry and gemstone design. In spite of the different content orientation of the individual disciplines, there are many relationships, overlaps and similarities among them. After all, they all belong to a broad field of creative design, which is complemented by the fine arts.

The aim of this lecture is to trace such differences and similarities in the broad field of design and to trace their genesis and historical change. It provides an introductory orientation on the great epochs of the history of architecture, design and art, beginning with antiquity, through the Middle Ages and early modern times, to modernity. A thematic focus is on the history of modernism in the 19th and 20th centuries, because it is of particular importance for contemporary design.

The fact that knowledge of history is also important for understanding modern and contemporary design is exemplified by the early 20th century drawing by the architect and artist Le Corbusier shown here. Thus, he draws on the "doctrine of Rome" and his ancient buildings to justify his modern formal language of simple basic bodies.

Interdisciplinary Courses in Winter Semester 19/20

Consumption and sustainability

Course MA optional in the polymodule
Seminar: 2 SWS & 1 SWS Specialisation

Date: Monday 10-12:15
Room: Room Threuter, Irminenhof, Campus Gestaltung Trier


Warum habe ich nicht meinen alten Morgenmantel behalten? Er passte zu mir, ich passte zu ihm. Er schmiegte sich jeder Wendung meines Körpers an; er hat mich nie gestört…“ 
("Why didn't I keep my old robe? It suited me, I suited him. "He clung to every turn of my body; he never bothered me..." )
With a new, scarlet dressing gown, domestic life gets out of balance instead. The loungewear may be chic, but the home furnishings suddenly look shabby and have to be renewed piece by piece. 250 years ago, the philosopher Denis Diderot lamented the pleasure and suffering of consumption. His story is very vivid and only half invented. Unfortunately, it does not tell us a solution to the still current problem of how the new - whether beautiful or useful - can be compatible with our desire to protect the material resources of our world.

In this seminar, we will look at sustainability as a social concern and look at examples of how design and architecture can incorporate this challenge into design and implementation. It is about the different points of attack of sustainable design, binding standards and new approaches in a confusing market area. Students from all disciplines in the Department of Design are invited to attend this course to learn about the basics of consumption and sustainability, to clarify common questions and to contribute through group work and keynote speeches from their disciplines.

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Prof. Dr. Christina Threuter
Professorin FB Gestaltung - FR Modedesign


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