Blog 5

“Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn. We need nature in a deep and fundamental fashion, but we have often designed our cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature. The recent trend in green architecture has decreased the environmental impact of the built environment, but it has accomplished little in the way of reconnecting us to the natural world, the missing piece in the puzzle of sustainable development.”

~Biophilic Design: The Architecture of Life by Stephen Kellert

We started the week off by discussing biophilic design. I will admit at first I was very confused by this concept and the implications of it. Then once we started discussing the concept more in depth during class I was able to gain a better understanding. The main point of biophilic design is reconnecting people with nature. I think this is an important point to bring forward given how much nature provides and gives us that we need to understand it. This comes with monitoring and studying nature.

Eco Design is an approach to designing products with special consideration for the environmental impacts of the product during its whole lifecycle. I found this concept to be extremely relevant right now in fashion. We see eco design frequently on Project Runway, for the challenges the competitors are to complete. With Eco design we see so many creative designs come forth and showcase the fashion is bigger than us. We can create garments out of anything so why not use eco design!

A quick thing I found highly interesting this week was that bamboo is actually considered a weed given how quickly it grows. I did not know that before. The mushroom house that was created out of bamboo was amazing!

All in all eco design and biophilic designs are important concepts for us in the fashion industry to be aware of in order to create a brighter future of sustainability in fashion.

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