In depth with design practices…


The LOLA show was very enlightening; each learning community picked one topic and then diversely picked subtopics. It was interesting to see how so many groups could have the same topic such as Bio mimicry, yet be able to distinguish it in so many different ways. One group that stood out to me was a group of apparel students, learning community one. They were able to separate their entire topic of Bio mimicry into different segments such as: Yarn, Leather, Dyes, Lotus effect, and Speedo. The girl discussing yarn lectured on how moderating grazing patterns and the importance of herding could lead to more sustainable processes. One company she had mentioned was Noya. Next was a lecture over leather goods and how originally it is hard to get multiple pieces from a single hide. She mentioned a sustainable option of companies making Bionic Leather, which is 100% natural cultured leather, which makes minimal to no waste. Another option was making leather from food products such as pineapple leather made from the leaves of pineapple. The next member of their group discussed dyes and biomorphism, and how a butterfly inspired a company called Morphotex. The lotus effect was then spoke about and it is a Nano sphere technology that limits water wastes by making materials water and dirt repellent. A company called Scholler Technologies is making this. The last person within this community discussed how the company Speedo has been making suits that imitate shark scales that limits drag and gives ultimate flexibility. The company also has a line that is completely sustainable by making suits out of recycled nylon waste. This was just one learning community to show as an example of how much information was taught and how many different ways sustainability can be incorporated into our lives.


Dr. Armstrong discussed her background that led her to her career focused around sustainable practices, but mostly a sustainable life. She originally came from a middle class family that would later give up and sell everything in order to live a simpler life and travel. Dr. Armstrong discussed some of her childhood that some of us consider as a struggle so positively. The way she had lived with the absolute minimum taught her more on sustainable practices and not needing more than the actual necessities. She also was placed into a multitude of diverse cultures and was able to become more open to broad ideas. I really enjoyed the in class meditation practice she had us do to make us realize to not focus so much on the negative things we tend to hold on to.

There was several Ted10 practices that we had taken apart of. As an interior design major it was hard to relate to many of the questions since they were more relatable to apparel and merchandising. The three that had been made clearer to me that could be within my own practices was: 1. Design for cyclability; 2. Design to minimize waste, & 3. Design to reduce energy and water use. I was able to relate this because as an interior designer we have the ability to incorporate all three of these practices within our designs. If we are able to design something by minimizing the amount of waste or creating a waste free design this could help the problems we see building up in our oceans and landfills. Also if we are able to use recycled products and options such as specifying materials and building supplies that are made from recycled product we could be making a more substantial effect on our environment.

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