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Course:  Interior Design studio (3 credits), Spring 2018
University: Texas State University
Level: Undergraduate (junior)

Pedagogy: This studio premise was centered on designing with nature through incorporating the principles of biophilic design principles and countering the sustainability gap, which is defined as the disparity that exists between the principles of Environmentally Sustainable Interior Design (ESID) and the reality of practice. The pedagogy included lectures on biophilic design elements, site visits, building code, ADA requirements, and a two-phase semester project.

A four-weeks team project for site analysis and incorporation of biophilic design elements in design was followed by an eight-weeks individual projects. A design charrette with professionals, cabin users, and students professional organization was part of students explorations of the site during the first four weeks. The projects required rigorous research and understanding of precedents, materials, spatial relationships, human factors, and performance of design solution. By integrating Environmentally Sustainable Materials into interior and exterior spaces of the campus cabins in Wimberley, Texas, the students significantly reduced environmental impacts through less energy consumption and less natural resource depletion and pollution.

Design Charette with Interior Design and Architecture practitioners, Interior Design Alumni, ID student organization, campus Cabins users, and campus administrators.

Final Exhibit of students projects with jury represented by practitioners and stakeholders.

Students Team: Katherine Johns, Naomi Ball, and Chanel Devaughn.

Design Concept:
A Ying Yang concept was used by this team to create a an array of pairs of complementary forces—emulating the yin and yang—which was then applied to:

  • Natural elements vs man-made elements

  • Natural light vs artificial light
    two complementary forces—yin and yang—that make up all aspects and phenomena of life

  • Geometric forms vs organic forms

  • Fire vs water

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