Yay!! Finally, an article that I enjoyed reading! The article about how to design buildings that produce more energy than they consume, not only gave me fantastic ideas to consider when designing for net zero but also a great list of architecture firms that designed them. I would love the opportunity to work for a firm that tries create designs for net zero energy consumption. I remember visiting the Perkins+Will booth at both the Architecture Career Fair on campus as well as the Career Fair at the ASID Scale event last year in Norman. I already had an interest in them before but now after reading this article my interest is heightened. I think now that I realize how important designing to sustain is to me, I will incorporate that in my job hunt when researching firms to apply to.
I honestly felt that the idea of Industrial Ecology to be a bit overwhelming. I do good just to remember how to design for less impact for the buildings yet alone an entire supply chain or industrial park. That is a lot of “big picture” thinking that I find hard to zoom out to see.
I absolutely hate the fish-bone diagram. Even after learning about it in Problem-Solving and my Imagination in Entrepreneurship classes and seeing it again in this Sustainability course, it still seems difficult to understand. I see how it could be beneficial to break down to what your exact problem is and how you might fix it but I find it too exhausting to ever use in my own practices.
I LOVED the mushroom (MycoBond) video. When we got into our Learning Communities to discuss the Interior Design Bed Activity, I suggested this as a means to build the bed. I think it’s fascinating how many products we can uniquely mold and eliminate plastics products. I think it would be great if the mushrooms even put 3D printers out of business. I also think with large enough marketing of this that it could go global quickly.
When Professor Jayadas was talking about Cradle-To-Cradle and Cradle-To-Grave, he talks about it as if everyone already knows what it is but I feel behind in the class because I do not know of either. I am sure they probably learned this in Problem Solving however I took that course the first semester that Professor Jayadas had started to teach it and it has been quite some time since then. Thusly, I appreciate when we have more lectures over what they are and how to engage C2C more often. I will say that in our Bed activity, my idea of using the mushrooms would work for C2C because they would eventually decompose. Also with the mushrooms, if kept clean and dry, will last as long as any wood bed. Meaning it will last, on average, a year longer than its metal counterpart. An added plus as far as the mushrooms molding into furniture goes, the Mycobond (made from Mycelium) is actually fire resistant. In addition to that, the Mycobond is fantastic with acoustic cancellation. Think about a bed that also helps you sleep in a quieter environment.
I would like to see a video in class about how they break down mechanical and chemical recycling. I somewhat understand the diagrams from the lecture about going back to monomer and oligomers by depolymerisation, chopping, and so on, however I am a visual learner. Seeing a video might benefit the rest of the class as well so that they can compare the diagrams to the video and grasp a better understanding.
Pawlyn’s TED talk was interesting but sort of felt like a waste of time. He jumped from one example to another and it ended up being so many examples that I easily lost track of the point of what he was giving examples for. I got that he was talking about design inspired by ecosystems but as far as the nitty gritty details and how they relate to the examples he provided, I am lost.
The metaphor about the “weeds system” was talking about how opportunists, who like to spring up and take advantage of abundant resources, is as disgusting as weeds in a garden is to a farmer. It’s disgusting, in the way, and a nuisance.
The big difference between Type 1 and Type 3 species is that while Type 1 is simple; it consumes and grows rapidly, Type 3 lives in harmony with other species and puts their energy into making the most of those relationships. In Type 3 there is little to no waste because the only energy imported is by the sun.
I feel like I both upcycle and downcycle. I upcycle when I bring my cardboard, glass, paper, and aluminum to the recycle center once a month (yes I guiltily say only once a month). I guess maybe that isn’t necessarily myself recycling considering I only sort it and bring it to a recycle center; I am not the one breaking it down and using its fiber or pieces to create something new. I downcycle when I reuse my hair color stained towels as dip stick rags when changing out my oil in my vehicle. I constantly reuse plastic bottles to refill with water to drink or sometimes food, spices, hair pins and etc. when camping.
I like the “Be Resource Efficient” Life Principle because I think it is easiest to adapt to. As previously mentioned I use plastic water bottles as containers for all sorts of things when I go camping. It’s easy to find things that can be used for multiple functions. I personally need to adapt my energy processes to be lower; I frequently open my windows while the A/C is on and even though I unplug appliances when not in use, I use multiple appliances at once. I do recycle and try to keep materials in a closed loop. I will say that I am not sure what exactly fit form to function might mean but I think it means that if I don’t have a product or tool to meet my need that I, instead of ordering it, find something else to perform said task. That being said, I haven’t noticed anything that I am lacking a tool in yet but being informed about it will help me think about this for when a time comes.