The reading before class for ID focused on how evolution of human beings plays a part in today’s design and preferences based on the idea that humans evolved in the African savannah. Some points I found interesting that they mentioned were that humans prefer areas with diversity of plants and animals, want trees for refuge, grasslands, hills for surveillance, scattered bodies of water, and big skies. While some of these aspects I find appealing, many of them seem opposite of how society is today especially in large cities such as New York. My LC learned from a group which learned about incorporating greenery in stores which was an interesting concept as well.
The TEDtalk about bamboo construction was awesome and I wish that our society built structures like this. I would love to learn more about how they do what they do. The video on edible utensils was also very interesting and I have told many people about it since then and have seen other people on social media post the video. I think that spreading ideas is very important because people don’t use products if they don’t know about them.
Biophilia is a love of life or living things such as nature. Of the 14 patterns of biophilic design listed, 3 that stood out to me are visual connection with nature, dynamic and diffuse lighting, and material connection with nature. I like having a visual connection with nature whether it be through open spaces looking out into nature or bringing nature indoors; it is one of the most important parts of design. Dynamic and diffuse lighting makes environments more interesting and keep us thinking and experiencing our environment. Many of our materials come from nature, so to leave them connected to nature in their appearance is important so we recognize that we are using nature and need to appreciate it. Biophilia benefits everyone who experiences it. It makes us appreciate nature and everything it gives us and makes us more conscious about using and wasting its resources.
Thursday Sustainability Office Visit
The sustainability lecture was very informative about the different initiatives on campus. I was unaware that OSU was ranked as the greenest college in Oklahoma. There are approximately 200 courses taught on campus that relate to sustainability. OSU is a part of Tree Campus USA which means that our trees are tracked and replaced when they die and the benefit they bring to our campus is measured monetarily. Currently, the Student Union is undergoing evaluation for LEED certification. On average, 70% of OSU’s energy comes from windpower. There is a windfarm 70 miles north of town which has 26 windmills. Our campus has a recycling center in which they sort the materials, compress cardboard and paper, and ship the materials to the highest bidder. They usually recycle 120,000 pounds of cardboard a month.
The effort OSU is putting in to become more sustainable really stood out to me. They have saved $35 million dollars in electricity bills because of its recent efforts. Some things seem small like going trayless in dining services, but they make huge impacts; students get less food at buffets and therefore waste less food.
Visiting the recycling center and seeing the difference they make really enforced how important it is to recycle and I will always try to make the sustainable decision in personal and professional matters. The furniture lab made me think about how repurposing and refinishing old furniture could save costs in future projects I may encounter. I included a sketch of a windfarm. These windmills can change the way we make energy and need to be implemented as much as possible.
Overall it was a great experience getting to visit these places. It showed how many of the concepts that we discuss are actually put into action.