Blog 4

Getting to go to the Botanical garden can teach us so much about Biomimicry and design. I feel that it was a good exercise to lean how we can be influenced by nature. Through the project we were challenged to look at a tree and think about the similarities to a building. By doing this we were able to see that we can gain design influences from somethings that is self sustaining and can be so solid on its own. By doing this we are looking and understanding Biomimicry and how important and useful that it can be. Another part of the exercise was getting to use our senses while our eyes were closed and see what really stands out to us about nature aside from the visual aspect and by doing this we can start to understand more about the properties of nature and how we can incorporate them. When looking at how nature inspires us was can relate that to some of the designs that were addressed in the design slam. This exercise was a good tool to look at common problem in design and sustainability and what could be some ways to address them and fix them. Our group talked about the carbon footprint with interior design. We wanted to focus on the teaching aspect of how to fix this and work on it by starting with the actual designer. When we first start with the designer we want them to consider materials that are local to where they are and work with builders and materials that can be re used and recycled. When it first starts with the designer then we can have them incorporate this into the designs for the clients and teach them how to be more sustainable and cut down on their carbon footprint. Overall this was a good activity to see creative ideas to solving everyday problems with sustainability. Two other groups that stood out me was the idea of using aluminum and in operating it more into the design such as stairs. Another one that was interesting to think about was the bamboo that could be used in the bathroom and filtration of it. Both of these were good ideas that are also practical for sustainable design.

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