This week I really enjoyed discussing our reading with another learning community that was made up of interior designers. Our reading was about something called smart skin that could be used to cover the body and monitor bodily functions like heart rate or temperature. We thought it was somewhat similar to topics we covered in functional design with Dr. Peksoz. The TED talk for this week was more applicable to interior design because it was about this group of people who designed houses using bamboo shoots in Bali and other parts of the world. Each house took into account the natural shape of bamboo which is curvilinear and designed each building to fit those curves instead of making them unnaturally straight. The edible spoons company was so fascinating to me because it was not a complicated idea. The group of people saw a need in the market and filled it with a product that every individual in the world can use. I think that this idea has so much potential because every human eats around average three meals a day and most meals are eaten with utensils. I liked learning about biophilia because it seemed more of attainable way to design. Essentially, it is the idea that people and nature are related and that there is a bond between the two. The patterns that I thought were interesting were the visual and non-visual connection with nature and the presence of water. The visual connection with nature occurs when there is a visual presence of nature in the space designed, and the non-visual connection occurs if another sense is utilized in the design such as hearing he noise from cicadas in a garden. The presence of water in the design could be a stream in the center of a home or being able to hear a brook close by. There are actually a lot of health benefits to biophilic design. One being a lower heart rate and lower stress level when including the presence of water in a design.
I really enjoyed visiting the sustainability office. I had no idea that there even was an office devoted to furthering sustainable practices. It was very interesting to see all the facilities like the furniture shop where they remade lots of old furniture and the structure where they baled cardboard and other materials. That work is by no means glamorous, but it is very important for the furthering of a healthy environment. I thought it interesting that the furniture repair shop did not gather and recycle old material that is not useable. If they did collect that old fabric they could possibly send it to textile recycling plants and that material could possibly be cleaned and made into new fabric. With that recycling textiles idea in mind, I thought that the sewing lab could start collecting scrap muslin from the draping students and send it off to a textile repurposing plant as well. I enjoyed visiting the sustainability office most this week because I got to see in person what the university is doing to protect the environment. It really opened my eyes to the big picture of how we as a student body can help save the environment. My sketch is of the large amounts of muslin waste from the draping classes and how we could collect the fabric and recycle it. As the image shows, this new system could eventually turn into a closed system by utilizing industrial ecology.