Author Archives: sarahfarnan

End of the Journey

Four months ago, at the beginning of this semester and the start of this sustainability journey, the concept of “going green” and practicing a sustainable lifestyle was narrowly defined in my mind. My knowledge of sustainability within the interior design … Continue reading

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Green Labels

This past week, we split into learning communities and researched a multitude of third-party accreditation organizations. The “green” label organization my community researched was Cradle to Cradle, which is an all-encompassing, holistic rating system for built environments. As an interior … Continue reading

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The Local Life

This week, we got into the hot topic or, better yet, the hot trend of buying local goods and what that means. Throw “local” on a brand or a product, and you can almost guarantee that it well sell faster … Continue reading

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Planning Our Waste

Up until this point in the semester, and, really, my life, my views and understandings of sustainability and living “green” have been solely focused on everything before consumption actually occurs. We hear all of the time about using recycled materials, … Continue reading

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Science + Design

As a former molecular biology major, and as someone with a passion for science, I have enjoyed our studies on biomimicry the most, by far. As I was once guilty of, many people tend to put “sustainability,” as a concept, … Continue reading

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Design Probes + Empathic Design

This past week, we performed a “design probe” on ourselves, and analyzed some of the results in class together in our groups. I had never heard of a design probe, but it seemed intriguing. One aspect of this research method … Continue reading

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Empathic Design vs. Market-Based Research

This past week, we discussed the concept of empathic design: what it means, how to do it, and why it is a valuable way of designing. Coincidentally, I am taking a Services Marketing course this semester that aims at teaching … Continue reading

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Becoming Futurists

Although seemingly unpopular with the majority of the class, I found the article about the metaphorical “Titanistad” to be interesting and noteworthy. Upon first reading, the article does seem radical and “out there,” but perhaps that’s what our predecessors would … Continue reading

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Week 2

As the second week of this course comes to a close and I reflect on my experience thus far, I realize that I have become much more aware of the products I use and the services I partake in and … Continue reading

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