Katie Scott MFA Collaborative Design Thesis 2020

NOTICING: Creative Practices for Becoming Entangled with the More-than-Human World

How we listen and pay attention to our surroundings has implications for what we think and value. Seeing, experiencing, or hearing the familiar from a different angle can open up possibilities for change. This project is a collaborative exploration of urban environments through listening—empirically and imaginatively—to our entangled relations with nature. Through intentionally designed conversations, invitations, and design interventions, I sought to learn how people notice and interact with nature in their everyday lives and to identify opportunities to shift awareness—using sound as a focus point. This exploratory research project included interviews, facilitated group listening activities, and participatory “listening doodles” that I collected in public spaces, as well as interviews with architects. This exploration culminated in a booklet of listening prompts designed for architects to reflect on sound, kinship with nature, and connection to specific places. These prompts could be used as part of each architect’s own creative practice, as a team building exercise, or to engage with a client on their project site. While the outcome of this project focused on architects, these practices could be applied to many other disciplines and contexts. Through a practice of listening—of paying attention to other species—we can begin to empathize with the more-than-human world. And perhaps, we can begin to imagine possibilities for other ways of living and structuring our societies.

Alicia Navarrette MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2015

Jake Mcintire MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2015

Jessica Stein MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2015

Jessica Riehl MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2015

Olivia Guethling CD MFA Practicum 2015

Crystal Rome MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2015

Emilie Skytta MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2014

Peter Tichnell MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2014

Jacob Richardson MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2014

Katie Mays CD MFA Practicum Spring 2013

Emma Conley CD MFA Practicum Spring 2013

Shannon Paine MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2015

Melody Rowell MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2015

Luke Zimmerman MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2016

Matthew McCasland MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2016

Asa Wright MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2016

Colin Cheong MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2016

Celina Coppetti Collaborative Design MFA Practicum 2017

Joel Newman Collaborative Design MFA Practicum 2017

Michelle Vorce Collaborative Design MFA Practicum 2017

Amanda Schurr Collaborative Design MFA Practicum 2017

Kailey Fry MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2015

Alicia DeMellier MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2018

Katherine Mitchell MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2018

Amelia Bauerly MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2019

Andrew Mears MA Design Systems Thesis 2019

Ophir El-Boher MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2019

Amber Marsh MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2019

Mijounga Chang MA Design Systems Thesis 2020

Emilie Jensen MFA Collaborative Design Thesis 2020

Audrey Lewis MFA Collaborative Design Thesis 2020

Leah Payne MFA Collaborative Design Practicum 2020

Katie Scott MFA Collaborative Design Thesis 2020

SJ Bowden MFA Collaborative Design Thesis 2021

Samantha Caruthers-Knight MFA Collaborative Design Thesis 2021