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Radical Shifts: Reshaping the Interior at Parsons (1955-1985) oral history project ➔ Audio interview with Jean McClintock Gardner

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Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Design Archives Parsons the New School for Design (publisher)
Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Design Archives Parsons the New School for Design (producer)
Parsons School of Design. Environmental and Interior Design Department (subject)
Joanna Merwood-Salisbury (interviewer)
Wendy Scheir (interviewer)
Jean Gardner (interviewee)


October 4 2010


Interviewed at Parsons School of Design by Joanna Merwood-Salisbury and Wendy Scheir, Gardner discusses her education and the intellectual development that formed her abiding interest in ecological history and design. Gardner details her career at Parsons, where for many years her teaching has exposed students to issues surrounding the interrelationship of the built and natural environment. She pinpoints changes that resulted in the formation of the Environmental Design Department as having already begun in the early 1960s, if not before, identifying James Howell and William Katavolos as key figures in the dramatic remaking of the interior design curriculum. Gardner discusses involving her students in a number of projects around New York City, particularly those in Union Square and Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and recalls faculty and students who were part of the program during the 1970s and 1980s, describing some of the interdepartmental and interpersonal dynamics that played a part in the evolution of the program.





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