December 8, 2006

Prompt #9 Interaction with the Designed Environment

The playbook presentation was excellent. The color and light concepts they talked about were especially fascinating. The amount of light entering a room is a direct interaction with the designed environment. The placement of winodws in a classroom directly influences how a child learns. If a child is placed in a room with no natural light underneath traditional flourescent bulbs, they learn less than when they are placed next to a window or are in a room with full spectrum lighting. This same concept can also affect your mood. During the summer people are generally happier, in the winter people tend to be sadder. These mood swings that occur with the seasons is called seasonal affect disorder or SAD. These mood swings can be contributed to the fact that your body produces vitamin D when it's exposed to natural sunlight or the aritificial light produced in tanning booths. VItamin D helps trigger sensors in your brain that release dopamine or happy juice. This release that makes people feel good is major reason why people get addicted to indoor tanning in the winter. If a student is happy they learn better. We, as architects designing their schools, can directly impact the placement of windows and doors in a classroom. By affectively distributing natural lighting throughout a room by a proper design, we can essentially boost classroom learning through the designed environment.

December 4, 2006

Prompt # 8 Cell Phone Cancelling Device

The most recent production of the Fab Lab, a device that cancels out your cell phone conversation to innocent bystanders.

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November 28, 2006

Prompt #7 Technopoly and the Combustion Engine

Modern Combustion Engine

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Most Influential Product derived from the Invention of the Combustion Engine

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November 3, 2006

Prompt #6 Design and Mathematics

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Simple Sunflower, or is it?

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October 23, 2006

Prompt #5 Opposition

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Cannon Mountain Tram and Summit Station

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October 9, 2006

Prompt #4 Phenomena

The Phemnomena of the U.S. Government

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October 2, 2006

Prompt #3 Genius Loci of Jackson Hole, Wyoming

2005 Christmas Break
myself 10,450' up on the summit of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, ski resort

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September 25, 2006

Prompt #2 Social-Design Issue

When people discover I spent the past four years in the military they either think I did this

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or helped contribute to this

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September 20, 2006

Prompt #1 continued

Midtown Market 9 Sep 06 at 1600-1630 hours

Midtown Market on a market Day

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September 15, 2006

Prompt #1 Midtown Market

Located at 22nd Ave. South and East Lake Street in south Minneapolis

Non Maket Day (13 Sep 06, 1630-1700)

view of Midtown Market on non market days

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