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Adapting to Change

At the beginning of this semester I had defined sustainability to be described as having hope for the future by changing the way we live our lives today. While this description of my take on sustainability hasn’t differed much from … Continue reading

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The Older the Better

This week was full of great presentations that all assisted with giving our class new ideas and perspectives mainly about the older adult population and what we can do have a more empathic view for when we design for them. … Continue reading

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Designing now with a better future in mind

I liked the example of the American farmer and a developing world country farmer. It really put into perspective what design activism is. The American farmer was acting in the moment buying a new tractor then paying the consequences throughout … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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Empathic Listeners

This week in class we continued to learn about empathic design and did a few exercises in class to practice getting into the mindsets of other people. The article I read for class, discussed how it is nearly impossible to … Continue reading

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Their Perspective, Not Ours

I loved watching the video of the baby in class. Putting myself into the perspective of that baby and using senses to imagine the texture and softness of the cake and the sweet smells coming from the icing as she … Continue reading

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Biophilic Influence

This week again was filled with trips and opportunities to see other people’s perspectives on sustainability and chances to see what opportunities were offered on our campus to be more sustainable ourselves and the process that our recycled objects go … Continue reading

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Designing from Nature

Week five was full of group activities that lead to designing on the spot sustainable designs inspired by nature. Getting to work together in groups on these activities really works to test our brain power for quick designs that could … Continue reading

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Small Town Sustainability

Week four entertained many new perspectives for me to observe and take in. The main topic of the week focused on Industrial ecology which has to do with the understanding of the lifecycle for products we use daily. For example, … Continue reading

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Beyond the Surface

This past week our lectures were focused on the understanding of what a paradigm is and what we can do to alter or change the paradigms that we have in our lives and the industry. The paradigms that we may … Continue reading

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