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October 24, 2006


(Oppostion of man in physical nature) How to get across a river?
possible resolutions: swim, ride a boat or canoe...
*Build a bridge (Taking the extremes of the potential response and envelope them in the design).
Without a bridge things would take longer to do. For example, let's say you were hungry and there's some food on the other side of the river but in order to eat, you have to build something or swim to get across. So much energy is saved if all you have to do is walk across a built structure that could last very long.

October 10, 2006


Phenomena = Things + Frameworks + Clockworks

(thing) The continuum of the existence of flowers, and the cycle they go through during the changing seasons.

(framework) Flowers are comparable and contrastable to trees and weeds. Things in common are that they all are a sign of life, they need warmth and water, and they originated from the ground. Differences are that trees typically grow larger than flowers, and trees can also have flowers grow on them. A tree has a trunk and a flower has a stem. All trees hibernate but not all flowers hibernate. The idea that weeds are ugly and flowers are pretty is accepted in the American outlook.

(clockwork) Things that have an effect flowers are the seasons, weather, and time, which control the flowers' behavior of life and death. During the winter flowers hibernate or die. In the spring the flowers either regrow and bloom or their seeds are planted into the ground for later sproutings. Rainy days are good for the plant; however, dry, hot days are not so good for them. The tree in comparison shows how much it has aged by the observation of the circular layers in its trunk when cut open, but the flowers leave no trace of time. All they do is die off during cold seasons and when it gets warm a new group is born in place of the old flowers.

October 2, 2006

Genius Loci

My bedroom is a meaningful place. It's a relaxing place. Coming into the room you see two twin beds and a television set near the doorway. All the counters, small tables, and drawers are covered by piles of paper, and little knick, knacks. The rectangular room has a splash of turquoise covering the walls, giving a feel of being on a tropical island. The walls have have an unpredictable texture. The floors are covered with cherry hardwood. A fan with three movable lights is in the middle of the ceiling. The windows are covered by sheer curtains that are nature-green colored. The puffy pillows, blankets, and a closet filled with colorful clothes makes me feel cozy and warm when I walk in. The lights that shine through the opened shades make the walls glow. Sleeping in my bed and looking around the room, makes me feel secure, secure from everything outside the room. On warm nights, I sleep with the windows open, allowing me to hear and feel the blowing of the cool wind and hear the chirping crickets.

Piles of Poop

Social design issue: Portable restrooms (Biffy's) are nasty, because they smell stinky and are dirty. They need to be built better and/or accomadate more things.

Document it:

these are examples of clean ones-

Optional solutions: -additonal air vents
-moist towelets to wipe up messes before and after use.
-more stable structure, decrease tipping
-multiple toilet paper rolls on the wall
-extra hand sanitizer

Advocate for it:


A cleaner toilet leads to a cleaner tomorrow!
visit http://www.poopreport.com/Poll/you_have_to_shit_bad.html