This week was interesting to me because my eyes were opened to multiple sustainable practices that my own college practices everyday. I am now proud to say that I attend a university that not only recycles but turns their waste into something beneficial for the environment and local individuals/groups. Ida Hershey’s presentation was good for the class because not many of us were aware that we had a sustainability office. We were able to learn about all the ways that Oklahoma State lives sustainably. For one, I learned that we give a certain percentage of our old food scraps to local farmers in the area and that not only gets rid of waste on campus, but it also assists local farmers and supports Stillwater agriculture. I was also proud to learn that a group of students were the ones to implement the water bottle fillers across campus. This shows that the younger generation is beginning to realize just how in danger our environment is and how important sustainable practices are. After visiting the recycling center, I am even more in awe at all the waste that comes from just one university. The recycling center has their work cut out for them and I am thankful that we have a center like this that truly takes into consideration the environment. It was cool to see how they first have to separate the trash from the recyclable items because I know, personally, I am guilty of throwing trash away in the recycling bins on campus. Learning how the cardboard was turned into bails was very important to me because I know see just how beneficial it is to recycle every little bit that you can, rather than just throw it away.
The 14 patterns of biophillic design are aspects that should be taken into consideration with any design we put into place in the future. The 8th pattern, biomorphic forms and patterns, ties into Elora Hardy and her TED talk on bamboo. It is important to reference patterned, textured or numeric patterns that occur in nature and bamboo is an element of nature, therefore it forms to nature without effort. Elora talks about homes that are completely built out of bamboo poles. This material is completely sustainable, earthquake resistant, has the tensile strength of steel, lightweight and yet, we only use 7 species out of the numerous species available of bamboo. These bamboo houses are unique because they can curve to any shape, their blueprints are 3D and brought to site to be turned into the real thing, and they take design to a different level. These bamboo houses use nature as the major design influence. For example, they have curving roofs that catch the breeze when it is hot. They have tall windows that prevent bugs from coming in, allow natural light to come in and keep the air conditioning trapped. They use shapes from nature to design the doors and the pivot is central to allow more mobility and easy traffic flow. One thing that they still have to work on is the acoustic insulation; however, we as future designers should research more about the different options that bamboo has to offer and use it as an influence for the future of interior design and architecture. As an interior designer, who will be working with engineers and architects, I plan to carry these 14 patterns of biophillic design with me into my field and use these as critical aspects to integrate into all designs. This is one step I plan to take to better my sustainable journey and put myself in the right direction of benefitting my future environment.
We read an article about bio inspired design and it plays into the idea that daylight and natural light in all design is crucial for many reasons. These bamboo houses that Elora spoke about utilizes daylight as a way to create art inside as it plays with the bamboo. She also uses tall windows to allow natural light to come in so artificial light is not always used up. The article talks about the importance of natural light in all interiors because it not only offers a way for individuals to identify objects, but it also helps with our sleep patterns by giving us clues as to what time of day it is. Lastly, it allows us to keep up with weather changes during the day and even at night. I have already made sure to incorporate natural light in all my designs that I have completed during my time at OSU; however, I also plan to take these lessons that I am learning in this class about sustainable practices and natural light and use them in my future field.