On Tuesday, our learning communities paid a visit to the OSU Botanical Gardens. The gardens are truly an overlooked part of Stillwater and there are many things we can learn there. My group completed a lot of the assignment in the sensory garden because there is so much to take in there. We really enjoyed discussing part 2 of the assignment, natural solutions for interiors that come from nature, and some of our ideas included using natural dyes for materials and finishes, incorporating natural décor found in nature such as limbs, tree stumps could be converted to seating, natural lighting would be maximized, and limbs could be used for drawer pulls and knobs. Another section that we enjoyed discussing was part 4, designing a solution through something we find interesting ad something we don’t like. My group unanimously agreed that we do not like mosquitos and with present health concerns we through creating a mosquito zapper that relied on solar energy from something similar to the green shed would solve our problem in a sustainable manner.
Design Slam 1
Our problem for this first design slam discussed the usage of doors and how they are not an idea that comes from nature, but are integral to our designs and security. We needed to come up with a different solution that could double as a door but was inspired by nature. I feel like this was a very difficult prompt and had no idea where to start but my group rose to the challenge and created “BamPoo” a bathroom door that is made up of bamboo growing in a planter. This planter slides back and forth along a track so it is a houseplant that can double as a door when needed. Other groups came up with great ideas as well. LC 3 had to come up with sustainable finishes for our classroom and I liked the products they suggested such as cork flooring, possible cork desks with recycled aluminum chairs, and lead free paint used on walls. LC 4 needed to come up with ways to reduce energy consumption in corporate spaces and their idea was to include occupancy sensors that motivate employees to walk around to keep the lights on but also improve their health.