Our Needs

Week ten I presented at the Lola show and got to sit and listen to other classmate presentations. I enjoyed hearing about the different products and companies that have achieved successful cradle to cradle processes and incorporation of biophilic design. I enjoyed hearing about the hospitals that used biophilic design creating an oasis of vegetation and running water with bridges and outdoor elements inside of lobby and entrance areas to give patients or residents opportunity to heal using natural calming elements. I also enjoyed the Herman Miller presentation to prove that equipment in our industry has hope to adapt to the environmental culture we need to be more sustainable. Of the presentations, I enjoyed listening to the one about the different companies that had reached the different levels of cradle to cradle certification. One of the companies mentioned among these was the same company that I did my presentation on that accomplished a platinum certification. I really enjoyed learning about this company’s moral intent to better the wall covering industry using a resource seen in previous years as a waste from the company Bark house.

Understanding human needs is important in the design industry when people will be either wearing the clothes that we design or the rooms and buildings that are created. We are taught to design for the human needs and not solely on creative designs. People want to have the freedom to participate in any way they are encouraged to and have purpose in life by being creative and unique. In the PACE program project we are designing in studio, we look at these needs from older adults to understand what they will enjoy and what they require to feel at home and complete. This ties into the Ikea flat pack design scenario where house plans are changing based on the want and needs of people living in them. We continuously change our habits throughout time as social means were changed into having family dynamics more encouraged in living rooms and kitchens instead of having the need for a dining area. From young to old, our needs change and similarly so should the designs we create for ourselves. We need to create modular homes that can adapt to our needs. I great example of a poorly made design that doesn’t work with human needs is in my opinion the tiny home models. The Tiny homes are convenient for that who have dreams of small living and use it to travel. Although, once one starts a family, the needs of living conditions change drastically and the need for a larger space becomes an important thing. Same thing as one grows older, they won’t be able to get around the small and tight spaces comfortably enough, or even climb stairs to get to their own bed. When their grandchildren come to visit, the space is too small to entertain young ones which would lead to stress that can’t be escaped easily. This is all hypothetical and a bit exaggerated by it shows how the tiny home only meets the need of those who travel and wish to always stay young, but that’s just my opinion.


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