Jessica Anderson’s Thesis Presentation

I attended Jessica Anderson’s thesis presentation on Biophilia and the impact that nature can have on drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers. I have been following Jessie throughout her entire thesis journey and it was great to see the final results.

Jessie conducted much research on this special population and what goes into the facilities that treat these illnesses. She surveyed many people who have undergone treatment as well as spoke to professionals in the field. She also toured a couple of centers to get some insight on what the typical rehab center looks like.

Through her research, she found that nature can strongly impact the healing process in any healthcare environment. In the realm of drug and alcohol rehab, it is suggested that being exposed to nature and other biophilic attributes could help reduce the relapse cycle. Most centers that exist today are very institutional and appear to be more like jail than a place of help and serenity.

I think that Jessie did a great job pin pointing ways that design could influence the healing process. Her color palette is very serene and calming. The plan was a little more unconventional while keeping function in sight. It was refreshing to see a place that you often associate with ‘bad’ become such a beautiful place.

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thesis presentation

For the final presentation, the students should write papers first, and then present them. The students should have to do research and find the methods to answer the design problem. Students usually study two theories and find the paths of design solution. The students can give their own proposes and plan what can be going in the future, because the suggestions should be not just work temporally.
Thesis presentation by ‘Stephanie Asielue is about residence alternative for homeless. She did research, literature review, precedent study, interviews, preparing for herself design reasonable. The hospitality design should create more private for guest and a good circulation. The guest room should suit any different kinds of people to use. Moreover the privacy is able to provided by furniture. The big sofa back and the direction can create self-area for users. At the same time, the board can be a good way to show students work. If the guests want to see details, the board can give a nice explanation for them. The students can get some information and knowledge through presenters and know what they will do when they have a presentation. Students can study form each others and make a sense of thesis.

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Thesis Presentation

Last week I attended John Gaul final presentation, and it was about Design and Technology. At the first, he talked about how technology will be in future in general and the technology in machines. His thesis topic was “Using Technology in Hotels Guestroom”. He presented literature reviews about the same topic from older researches. Also he talked about how interior design impact the visible  present of technology. He mentioned that technology helps human needs in a room in one device. He was taking in his considerations different consumer interests, also he tried to find out what are the technologies not encountered yet. Then he presented his concept to design boutique hotel which come from the shapes of technology things such as control panel buttons. After that he explain the types of the room in the hotels with the specifications and amenities in each room. He showed how he incorporated technology in his design by adding tech-elements in the hotel. Finally he concluded with the things he learned from the project and the thesis. it was really great and clear presentation.

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Designing for social justice: people, technology, learning

I found an interesting recourse about social justice and it's really useful.
"This review provides an introduction to the concept of social justice and the practices of usercentred design (UCD), looking at how theories for changing the world marry up with methods
to implement these changes"

Contents:
- Social justice
- Design, designing and design processes
- User-centred design as a process
- Technology-enhanced learning
- How can user-centred design approaches help enrich and support disadvantaged learners?
- New networks, new interfaces, new directions for TEL
- A global perspective 9 Synthesis: social justice, user-centred design and technology-enhanced learning
http://archive.futurelab.org.uk/resources/documents/opening_education/Designing_for_Social_Justice.pdf
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Thesis Presentation Overview

I had the opportunity to visit Stephanie Asielue thesis presentation. I enjoyed her topic because that is a huge problem that is going on right now. Her thesis topic was about how do your create a space for people that moved back in with their parents due to financial hardship. I think her solution to this problem was very nice. Her site location (Roxy Hotel) played a huge role in her design because it is located in an area where the residence would have access to a variety of businesses. Her other reasoning was that she wanted the residents to be able to make this transition back into the real world and this site location would give them the feel of being connected with the community. Her furniture selections were really nice. She had a very good reason behind everything she chose. She even thought about the building be able to be an adaptive reuse project. Overall, she did a nice job.

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Thesis Presentations

Thesis is presentation by ‘ Stephanie Asielue ‘, on residence alternative for homeless. The research, literature review, precedent study, interviews on this topic provided a lot of information.
I really did enjoy and found the activity of making mood boards by cutting pictures from magazines quite thrilling. These activities really help in understanding the project well and learning from different users or clients.
By providing options such as furnished and unfurnished unit, temperature control, keeping in mind the adjacencies such as markets, computer labs, art gallery etc., within the space helps in adjusting to the space individually, and it makes it comfortable for the user.

The other presentation I attended was by John Gaul, which focused on future technologies in interior design field, and how application of technologies can improve the comfort level of a space for the user. I like the way he developed his part diagrams and smooth-en the angled and shape edges for more smooth and curvilinear forms, as technologies today makes the space look very artificial and cold.
After attending both these presentations I could compare them, and saw one common picture__ that they were focused on providing the maximum comfort for the user and how the use of adjustable furniture and walls can make the space into multiple spaces.

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Million Dollar Blocks

Stacey Sefcik’ thesis project was focused around the “million dollar block”, which is something that I learned was heavily present in the Atlanta area.  A million dollar block can be defined as a neighborhood or “block” where one million dollars or more is spent on prison costs of the residents who have been incarcerated.   These areas often have high rates in poverty and recidivism.  Stacey decided to take one of these blocks located in Atlanta under design exploration in hopes of improving the neighborhood.  I found it interesting that this project focuses on an issue that is actually on a larger scale than just interior design.  In fact, as I followed along from the earlier presentations, one of the concerns about this thesis was the constant questioning of whether or not a design of a building’s interior spaces can successfully have a large enough impact on a community issue such as this.

The scope of the project consisted of two separate buildings that were located on two corner sites across from each other.  A striking comment that was made about this project is that it is not so much about the building as it is the programs that are needed in the community.  So essentially, Stacey’s project became more about the programs and activities she proposed as well as the design of the spaces that would “house” these programs.  I think this is an interesting way of looking at community re-development and planning, and believe this is the way we should approach design issues such as this one: first creating programs and activities that will improve the community, then shaping the spaces around them (with elements of flexibility and adaptability, of course.)  Many times people are stuck trying to fit a program into a building that doesn’t accommodate it.  We have to remember that the built environment’s main goal is to successfully support the activity of the inhabitants, while influencing this activity comes second.

Further Reading:

http://www.wbur.org/npr/162149431/million-dollar-blocks-map-incarcerations-costs

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The hospitality guestroom environment of the future

One reason why I was interested in John Gaul’s thesis is that I’ve not had an opportunity to design a hotel, so I wanted to see how his project is developed and to learn more about hotel design. Another reason is that I participated in designing the future house seven years ago. The house was employed the ubiquitous system to control all technologies of the house in anywhere. Thus, I wondered what is changed since then and how future technologies will be improved.

His topic is designing future hospitality guestrooms with advanced technologies. The goal of the project is to aim to improve users’ satisfaction and to make life easier and better by providing user control and preference. In order to achieve the goal, he asked three
questions.

Q1. How interior designs influence user satisfaction with technology?

Q2. What are some of the newly emergence and future technology being considered for implementation into guestroom’s environment?

Q3. How will interior designs impact the visible presence of these technologies to evoke a home away from home effect?

Design concept is to soften edge and humanize technology to make users feel warm in the room. He suggests the harmony between cutting edge technology and the components of nature. The guestroom is also flexible to change according to the needs of guests.

Since technology has changed and developed everyday, it is not easy to predict what kind of technology will emerge and be applied to the interior design in the future. However, the most obvious is that designers need to know the change which occurs in various fields, whatever it is, because it can provide inspiration for designers’ work.

 

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Can biophilia help heal addicts?

After attending M.F.A candidate Jessica Anderson’s final presentation I asked myself this question. She took a closer look into the possible impact of applying biophilic and restorative design attributes to an in-patient alcohol and drug rehabilitation center. While also exploring how the environment can aid in the healing process and decrease the relapse-remission cycle through a non-traditional and holistic approach. I thought it was interesting that 21.6 million people are in need treatment but only 2.3 million receive it. The concept was centered around the birch tree and how the different layers related to the different steps in the recovery process. When looking at the various biophilic attributes I saw several incorporated into the design, including; passage of time, water, and bounded spaces. As a whole I do feel the application of biophilic design into the interior space can aid in positive healing because of all the positive effects nature has on us.

Do you feel biophlia can aid in recovery? If it does, why aren’t more recovery centers including biophilic attributes?

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Podcast 2: The Economics of Interior Design

The impetus for this podcast came from an episode of the Freakonomics Radio, titled “The Hidden Cost of False Alarms”. I regularly listen to Freakonomics Radio, a show produced in partnership with American Public Media and WNYC, New York’s National Public Radio station. In these shows, the hosts, Stephen Dubner and  Steven Levitt, regularly speaks about the “hidden side of everything.” Levitt, an economist, has done decades long studies on the often unknown effects of decisions made decades before. In this episode, they addressed what appears to be a badly designed product, and yet there is no incentive to change its design. For one thing, most people seem to be unaware of the enormous amount of false alarms that happen per year. For another, most people do not make the connection between police investigating these alarms to the massive cost to taxpayers.

This lead me to think about parallels to badly designed interior environments, and how little people care or know about its improvement. Therefore, along similar veins, I decided to detail some of the costs of bad design within the interior environment.  From a variety of environmental concerns that we as interior designers think about, I choose ergonomics and indoor air quality, which has substantial data available from the U.S. government to back up my claim of enormous costs which may be incurred due to a lack of conscientious design. For both, I started with the staggering monetary costs it takes to deal with the problems associated with them, as it provides a concrete, quantifiable framework for which people can relate. Then, I included less quantifiable factors, but which still affect greatly our quality of life.

The hope is simply that once all the costs, hidden and otherwise, are brought to the forefront, there might be a better understanding of how environmental design intimately affects an individual user.

The Economics of Interior Design

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