The lecture from Tuesday was a very lesson filled PowerPoint because it forced us to think about the enormous impact we have on the future of our environment. Our economic interests, socio-cultural patters and political decision making all create opportunities for change. We, as a nation, have the power to create a movement if we all just take what we believe in and not back down. We can start affecting political decisions by outwardly showing others the negative affects we are placing on our future earth. I also enjoyed Thursdays lecture because the idea of bio mimicry is something I am very passionate about. I have always believed that nature does not need us, we need it. With that being said, we should look to nature as a free source of ideas and sustainable resources.
My learning community is made up on interior designers so we tried to come up with a problem in our field that dealt with a lack of sustainable practices. With this, we started thinking about all the furniture that gets thrown out and left on the street, when most of it is still usable. With this problem, we also came up with solutions that included; donating the pieces to charity, repairing it, finding a new use for it. One member of the group shared something she was aware of in which a group of individuals take old couches and chairs and use the material to create dog beds for shelter animals. This is just one way that we can make a difference in just a few, easy steps. When looking at problems in our fields, we need to think about how this affects others and think of creative ways to turn the affects around. As for the role I can play as an interior designer, I can make sure that I teach others that furniture can be repaired and reused or made to serve a different purpose.
Abandoning ship Titanistad:
This article was incredibly eye opening to me because it was a metaphor that spoke directly to our earth and the individuals living on it. Although the Titanic was a ship that believed it was unsinkable and could withstand anything, when it actually began to sink, the message was not spread quickly enough across the ship. Because of this, an unfortunate number of people were able to escape the sinking ship. Now looking at our situation, we see that we are similar to the people on the Titanic. We all assume that the earth will be here forever and can withstand anything; however, what we cannot see is that the earth is slowly “sinking”. Eventually, the well-being of the earth will be too far gone and there will be no way to get the message across fast enough. We need to understand that if we don’t create change now, it will be too late and the earth will not be able to come back from all our damage.
Paradigms and self narratives:
Self narratives differ with each individual because these are defined as our own personal values and beliefs, and in this case, our beliefs towards the environment. We can be completely aware of the issues confronting our environment, but if we do not believe that we can make a change, change will never come. If we want the earth to come back to life, we need to value the earth like it values us. Paradigms are “the lens through which we perceive the world” and with that, we can all be aware of the troubles facing earth but we may not all believe that the world is actually deteriorating. Paradigms relate to the theories and scientific proof that help illustrate the earths destruction. As for the iceberg metaphor, I believe that the tip of the iceberg is what we see when it comes to the earth and the bottom is where all the serious problems lie that we refuse to acknowledge. Our self narratives, our beliefs and values are the patterns that can create change.
This exercise was a way for me to imagine an ideal world, in which I lived a life full of sustainable practices and so did the rest of society. In my dream world, I saw a world that was untouched by harmful things like pollution, waste and climate change. It was a world in which all individuals respected nature and the earth because we all realized that we were dependent on them. I saw beaches and large bodies of water completely clear of waste and harmful chemicals. With this came a wide variety of animal species because they had the chance to thrive in a healthy world. I think the earth is worth sustaining because without it, we could not live. We need nature and the things that come naturally to this earth. So instead of taking advantage of this free source of life, we should use the earth as a partner rather than something we can just take from without giving anything back.
This is not the first time that I have been introduced to the idea of using nature as a design and innovative influence. However, I am very intrigued by the idea of biomimicry. We see that the earth solves problem naturally all the time and without technology and money. Nature is such an amazing phenomenon and we need to start paying closer attention to natures tools because we will come to find out that nature can solve some serious world problems. Janine’s TED talk was something I really enjoyed because she gave examples on how we are taking tips from nature already. One example that I found very interesting was the beetle that uses its wings to collect water from fog. We then take this concept and apply it to buildings by using a coat on the exterior structure that collects water from fog. This is already one step in the right direction and if we continue in this manner, we will be on the right track to correcting all the damage we have created.
This thinker is so intelligent because she brought up the issue that the world faces and that is that we chisel away when we could be encouraging growth. She spoke about assemblies and how inventors and imaginative thinkers are taught to believe that everything has a specific function and a specific place to fit into and this is how assembly lines are taking over every industry. She wants to combine the gene and the chisel to promote growth and unique ideas. Her team takes computational design, additive manufacturing, materials engineering and synthetic biology to create solutions. She stresses the importance of using nature and science to create products and solutions that have multiple functions but do so naturally, not by adding new pieces.
The living building challenge:
This challenge and its beliefs need to become a way of life, a way in which design naturally strives to be like. This challenge emphasizes on the idea that buildings in our environment should be like a flower, and give more than they take. We need to start taking advantage of all the technological advances and unique thinkers we have on this earth and use them as a way to benefit everyone, including the environment. These living buildings create more energy than they use and collect and treat all water around it. Along with this, it also does not use more resources than what is directly around it, these buildings are not selfish. As a future interior designer, I can use these standards that this challenge places down and use them as an influence in design.