After listening to a variety of L.O.L.A Shows on Tuesday, there were a few that really stuck out to me. I enjoyed listening to learning community 4’s topic, biophillic design in healthcare. It was interesting to hear how biophillia reduces the stress in healthcare facilities by the use of different products, such as the sky factory, the healing garden, and the presence of water. I believe if I were to be in the hospital, I would enjoy products such as these. I feel they would soothe me and definitely be beneficial. Another topic I enjoyed was the discussion on the sustainable fabric, Designtex Green Fabric. It was neat how it was able to break down and return to the Earth. This ecological fabric reduces the cost of water disposal and also production. This topic tied into the class as a whole really well. It was interesting to learn about a specific fabric that helped our Earth. Finally, a third topic I enjoyed was The Bark House. The idea of taking the bark from the trees and adding it to walls was definitely interesting to me. This is something I have never really thought of being done. I liked how it was all natural and embraced nature. On the other hand, one question I did have after listening to this L.O.L.A Show was, how does the company avoid being unsustainable by the act of cutting down trees and stripping them of their bark? I would be interested to hear the company’s answer. Overall, each show was interesting and I enjoyed hearing the variety of ways students discussed their topics.
After reading the article that had to do with fashion and human needs, it really made me think. One thing that stuck out in the article to me was when the author discussed how even when we have more, we have less because of how we become unsatisfied. The richest countries tend to be the most depressed and unsatisfied because we become greedy and selfish. This really made me think. Another interesting piece of the article was about the little brown dress, which the artist designed, sewed, and wore, everyday for a year. All the accessories she wore with it had already previously been in her wardrobe. I think I too could use a fashion detox as Alex did.
For the in class activity, we decided to create a design concept that helped satisfy human needs through doing, while also promoting positive behavioral change. Since our learning community has a foreign exchange student in it, we wanted to incorporate something that could benefit her home country in a positive manner. We came up with the idea of creating an interactive app, or some type of communication device, for people in the states to connect with foreign exchange students that were visiting here, to donate clothes to and have them take back to their own countries to people in need. This in turn would create a positive change in these countries and to those individuals who are less fortunate.
The little brown dress, which was designed and wore by Alex Martin, was a yearlong performance object. I thought this was an interesting way to reject the act of over consumption, and almost boycott fashion. The amount of time and money we put into clothing can sometime get a bit ridiculous, and this brown dress made me think about that more deeply. I thought the IKEA flat houses were interesting as well. I think they would be very sufficient and cost friendly. I went to London this past summer with Dr. Pulay, and it was interesting to hear her talk about her tiny home. Finally, the need for affection is something that everyone experiences. The super satisfiers, such as the touch me dress, were definitely an interesting way to satisfy that specific human need. I would never wear a dress that encouraged people to touch the small of my back or my waist. Throughout this lecture, I learned that human needs is something fascinating to discuss as a whole, because I feel as if everyone has different views on the different concepts.