Blog 8

This past week has been very intriguing as I enjoy hearing from different students and hearing about the new topic of human needs. Many of the Lola Show Topics revolved around the ideas of biomimicry and biophilic design. A few of my favorites included the sky factory, “healing garden”, and water inside of healthcare centers. In the human needs lecture I was particularly interested in the needs matrix that explains the being, having, doing, and interacting aspects of needs.

The Lola Show topics were all similar in that the designs were ways to help humans and meet there needs, similar to the lecture Thursday. The company Sky Factory creates indoor spaces that have a sky light portrayed to create a sense of peace and comfort for those that are in each space. An example is the MRI room that includes this feature in order to put people as ease when going through a stressful situation that may not always be comfortable. The second topic of the healing garden was placing nature into different spaces to allow individuals the ability to walk through and get “out” of the mundane spaces they may be working in or a patient in. The last topic was that of the water inside of the healthcare centers. What I found fascinating about their presentation was that the water was placed in the waiting areas instead of where the patients were. This is because often times the people waiting are more stressed than the ones going through the procedures.

The matrix of needs can help people that are creating similar designs by providing them a guideline in where they want to take their ideas. The first box of the matrix is being. Being includes the characteristics of autonomy, passion, and esteem. Having is the second box and can be understood by the example of human rights, things that all things have regardless of demographics. Doing is a box of the matrix that can be explained by developing awareness, an action that is required to partake in this box. The last one is interacting which can occur in any space at any time. The article that is paired with this part of the lecture talks about how developing awareness in people does not always impact their actions. This is due to the lack of emotional engagement to any issue that people are being informed on. An example discussed is that halting material would have a major impact on demonstrating to people around the world how important sustainability is, however no business wants to participate because of the large cost it would take to halt such great processes.

The last point that I wanted to touch on from this past week was that of the “Little Brown Dress.” I find this to be a very inspiring project as I do own several garments of clothing. I often find myself saying “I have nothing to wear” when in fact I do. Only wearing the same brown dress every day for a year would be a challenge for me. My only question is how did she keep it clean?

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