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Final Blog

When we first began the semester, I equated sustainability with recycling and the use of natural or recycled materials in life and design. I assumed that we would talk extensively about creating LEED certified spaces through the use of energy … Continue reading

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Blog 10—Empathetic Design at it’s Best

I have so enjoyed the LOLA shows! It’s amazing to see how others take the concept of sustainability and empathetic design and run with it, and it always causes me to wonder what would happen if I were to take … Continue reading

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Blog 9—Design Activism—What Brings Heart Change?

The problem that has been sticking in my head as I’ve become more educated regarding sustainable practices, is the difficulty of getting others to embrace change in their personal lives. More laws and regulations can bring about behavior modification, but … Continue reading

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Blog 8—Design Probes and Human Needs. A Design Experiment and Wayfinding

The LOLA shows were fantastic this week! My favorite was probably the talk on Architect Chris Downey whose sight was taken by a brain tumor after he’d already begun his architecture career. Not only did he have the courage to … Continue reading

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Soul Connection through Empathetic Design–Blog 6

I believe that using empathy in interior design is the most important aspect of creating a good space or system, and is necessary to design something that is not only functional, but well- loved. Though the design of a commercial … Continue reading

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Waste Not Want Not and Designing for the Elderly–Blog 6—Biomimicry Applications

I do not feel that I had any major breakthroughs or “ah-hah moments” this week, but the subject of waste has been on the forefront of my mind. One of my grandmother’s favorite statements was “waste not, want not”, and … Continue reading

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Interior Savannah –Blog 5—Biophilic Design

In the article we read titled “Bio-Inspired Design” the author hypothesizes that humans need environments that mimic the natural environment found in the African Savanah based on the belief that this is the origin of our species. We tend to … Continue reading

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Creating Sustainable Furniture–Blog 4—Experiencing Biomimicry in Nature

One of the major contributors to waste in both commercial and residential interior design is the use and disposal of furniture. Furniture is essential for comfort and aesthetics, but gets damaged and wears out—demanding to be replaced or repaired frequently. … Continue reading

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Farm to Fork: Localizing our Food Sources. (Blog 3, Industrial Ecolog

As I’m continuing to learn about the principles of sustainability, I have become more and more overwhelmed regarding what the world needs to do in order to reverse the course of our wasteful, greedy society. I find myself and my … Continue reading

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Wild Ideas

Studying biomimicry has really opened my eyes to possibilities in design that I have never before considered. In the article, “Biomimicry in Architecture”, they made sure to differentiate between biometric design and biomimicry in design. Biometrics creates something that looks … Continue reading

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