This week in Sustainability we started off with LOLA shows from learning communities 7, 8, 9, and 10. All of the LOLA shows were interesting and they did a good job. Something I noticed however it that some of their terminology could have been better. In interior design, we learn that when referring to “old people” or the “elderly” it is better to refer to them as “older adults” or “older individuals”. That is something that I recommend they would change when presenting in the future for example with the final. I enjoyed learning about the Granny Pods I feel like if they could make the homes less expensive they could become more popular. I could even see getting something like that for my own grandmother. They offer as accessible home that the older adult can enjoy by themselves but still have the comfort and security of being close to the family.
Another LOLA show that I enjoyed hearing about was the one about virtual reality. I feel like virtual reality technology is advancing a lot and can be used in interior design. I have used our mix reality lab to look at my projects before and it is really cool to see it rendered like that. I feel like it can be used to give clients and potential users of the space a real feeling of what the finished project will look like more than just looking at a few pictures or plans.
I enjoyed the LOLA show about saving the bees as well. Bees do so much more than I could ever imagine. They affect so many products like agriculture and beauty products. I knew this was an issue but I didn’t realize how rapidly the bees are disappearing. I did participate in getting the free seeds of wildflowers from Cheerio’s when they offered those. I didn’t know that there are people out there trying to make robotic bees. I’m not sure if that is the right answer to the bee problem but if it works that would be amazing!
The probes packed from Mr. Vincent gave us a lot of information about him but what we mainly saw was how much he enjoys the outdoors. Even when he came to talk with us it backed up our thoughts that he would spend as much time as he could outside. With his love of the outdoors we will for sure be using biophillic design with our project as well as empathic design. Biophillic design will be important when considering his interest to have the visual and physical connection to nature. We notice that Mr. Vincent does not let anything slow him down and he’s pretty confident in his ability to do whatever he wants, but we still feel it important to address his human needs in our project as well.
With the semester coming to a close I find myself stressing out about all of the papers and projects coming up. So naturally I distract myself by watching random videos on Facebook. I have seen several videos about people trying to live zero waste. I do not think I could completely live zero waste but I am going to take some of their ideas and implement them into my life. I have learned so much this semester and I cannot wait to start living a more sustainable life!