This is a Studio Elective course that cross lists with Core.
Is it still possible to get lost today, in the age of ubiquitous and democratized GPS?
In November 2014, Volvo Race's Vestas, with beyond-state-of-the-art equipment, top sailors and a world-class navigator, did not find their way to the port (Abu Dhabi port, by the way!) and got stranded on a reef in the Indian Ocean instead.
What went wrong? And how could anything possibly go wrong? What is to find one's way? How do different environments create different problems, as well as provide solutions? (Think of your own learning to navigate NYUAD campus). How do we find those solutions ourselves, and how can we intervene on the design of our working and living environments, and on the design of our practices, in order to avoid getting lost?
Wayfinding encompasses all of the ways in which people orient themselves via the organization and usage of sensory cues from the external environment. What are the tools we use today. Do we know how they work? What can we learn from navigation before GPS?