week 10 blog

This week we had LOLA shows and the focus was on Biophillic Design. I think my favorite three were Caity, Erin and Alyssa. Caity touched on visual connections with nature and healthcare. I really enjoyed her video about therapeutic environments with the example of healing gardens. I noticed a large amount of hospitals and rehabilitation centers have these healing gardens but I guess I never put thought behind how beneficial it is until now. The quote: “Humans are hardwired to find nature captivating and soothing”, actually stuck with me. I guess it is because I find that relatable. I feel drawn to nature; to explore it because it fills me with both adventure and peace. Erin’s presentation was over the presence of water and how it improves mood, relieve stress, and leads to quicker recovery times in patients. I learned the shocking fact that most patients are in a waiting room for 15-44 minutes on average. In my current studio course we are designing a PACE Center for older adults to have inclusive care for: activities, healthcare and rehabilitation. Learning about how much time patients spend in the waiting room makes me want to put more emphasis on the empathic design choices I make for the waiting room on the healthcare floor. Erin talked about bringing fish tanks, water walls, and fountains in but also explained that their placement is a crucial design consideration when sanitation is involved. Lastly, and my personal favorite, was Alyssa. She had mentioned a new word I have never heard of called “Biomorphic Design”. Apparently there is this study about why we have favorite color or genres of music and they can use that information on why we have those favorites to help empathically design spaces and products. I find this absolutely fascinating and actually want to look more into this.

The reading we did this week was pretty cool. I can see the matrix being useful for interior design because it allows us to break apart the most pivotal and existential parts to each human being. This gives the designer the unique opportunity to more efficiently meet the user’s emotional needs as well as functionality needs. For the in class activity our learning community chose to design an app that helps people with interaction by offering special discounts for inviting strangers that like the same music as you to concerts. They both would receive a discounted price on the concert tickets.

When we talked about the little brown dress I was sort of disgusted that one person would wear the same thing every single day (even though they would have been washing it). I think that from a sustainability standpoint, with special regards to economics, it Is a terrific idea. I do not think that it is a realistic solution for everyone. Maybe if that one dress was a bit more versatile and could be broken apart and put back together it would appeal more to the public. I thought that the dress with the slit in the back was touching (excuse the pun). It’s wonderful that she wanted to be touched by her family member; I think that by doing that it really brings a new level of intimacy between her and family/friends. I would be interested to see if she could replicate this idea for multiple ensembles that are also multi-climate applicable.

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