This past week in Sustainability we discussed biophilia and the role it could play in designing for a more sustainable future. Biophilia we determined is the love of life, and of living things. I thought it was interesting to understand that humans subconsciously have a natural bond with nature as it is in our blood to acquire a kind of appreciation of our surrounding world. There are 14 patterns of nature that humans will be able to relate too including but not limited to, visual connections with nature, presence of water, and refuge. Clinically, it has been proven that by exposing nature in an individual’s environment, their stress levels, cognitive performance, and overall moods and emotions will improve. I can agree with this because I tend to do my best studying when exposed to natural light and I immediately destress when I take walks outside. This is important to note when designing for the retail environment since our ultimate goal is to make the customer as comfortable, and inspired as possible.
The 10 TED design strategies are all goals we as designers should focus more intently on. Elora Hardy’s bamboo shelters were perfectly strategized as she designed to minimize waste, to reduce chemical impacts, and to dematerialize, since all she used was bamboo. Bakey’s, the edible spoon, also was effective in reducing chemical impacts on not only our bodies, but on the environment as well.
Our trip to the recycling and sustainability center assured me that OSU is more sustainable than it seems. We have a garden outside the Atherton that ranchers club uses to harvest vegetables, there are recycling bins across campus that are being used, the campus is fairly bike friendly and public transportation is also widely used. Since a college campus is super populated with students who use up many resources, it only makes sense that it should try and be as sustainable as possible. Reduction of resources, reusing resources, and recycling are the best ways to create less waste in an environment.