Author Archives: pokes1992

The End was just an eye opener

Sustainability – the word originally brought up terms such as green, recycle, hippie. In more general terms, sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes. The organizing principle for sustainability is sustainable development, which includes the four interconnected domains: ecology, … Continue reading

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Understanding Labels

This past week our topic was Certifying, Reporting, and Labeling Sustainable Goodness. We began the week by having separate articles to read – the interior design students focused on Sustainable Construction: The Role of Environmental Assessment Tools by Ding; while, … Continue reading

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How to Build a Beautiful Community – locally

This week’s topic of Dimensions of Industrial Ecology: The LocalMotive was based on sourcing locally. A standardization and multifunctional use are essential in Localmotive. Localmotive’s principles consist of connecting the natural world to businesses and communities, creates jobs with benefits, … Continue reading

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Hangry for Resources – or we’ll be in Jeopardy

This week’s topic was Dimensions of Industrial Ecology: Using Waste as a Resource. In the chapter Waste = Food from the book Cradle to Cradle by McDonough and Braungart, we learned about the potential value of waste – the theory … Continue reading

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From Raw Material to Post-Consumer Use – the change is happening

This week our direction was Dimensions of Industrial Ecology: Energy Drains and Fouled Nests. I found this week’s topic article, Life Cycle Energy and Environmental Performance of a New University Building: Modeling Challenges and Design Implications by Scheuer, Keoleian, and … Continue reading

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from Inspiration to Implementation

This week our direction was Empathic Design: Needs and Activism. I did not resonate with our first article Fashion and Sustainability: Design for Change by Fletcher and Grose. I could not get into the read at all; however, I found … Continue reading

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probes to find ‘you’

This week we learned about current research methods in empathic design, I did not have an epiphany this week. Specifically, we were introduced to design probes. By definition a probe is an exploratory action, expedition, or device, especially one designed … Continue reading

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