blog eight: Human Needs

I love listening to all the LOLA show presentations! I especially liked this round because a few of the groups did coordinating presentations. My favorite was the group that all presented on the 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design in Healthcare. They spoke about nature in architectural design, the use of plants indoors in healing gardens, the use of water fixtures/displays in hospitals, and my favorite the Sky Factory windows in imaging rooms. This weekend I asked my dad, who designs hospital rooms for imaging equipment, if he had run into this a lot in MRI rooms. He said yes he had, especially in newer, single story imaging centers. In most hospitals though, they will use special backlit ceiling tiles to achieve the same sky effect. He agreed with the presenters that it’s all about making the patient feel as comfortable as possible while in that MRI machine. I actually thought about this presentation while I was in a waiting room this weekend. There were no plants or anything nature related in the waiting room other than the outward windows on one side. It felt very stale and cold in the room and not inviting at all.

I also found the LOLA shows on C2C wall coverings interesting as well! What a great way to utilize a part of the tree that usually gets tossed away. It’s also a unique way to add interest and texture into a space, whether it be in an outdoor/sports apparel store setting or in a modern meeting room.

While I wasn’t in class on Thursday, I did read through the Little Brown Dress journal, and I found it very interesting! I know for a fact that I couldn’t ever do that..wear the same dress every day for a year? No thanks! However, I am really surprised at how much versatility she got out of it over the course of a year. Bravo to you Alex!

That’s all for now. See ya next week!

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