The thinking of materials? What materials that are suboptimal?

The Expanding Practice unit has allowed me to be more thoughtful when thinking of materials and products, it has taught me to think beyond the traditional way when designing. I chose Sustainable Design because in spatial design we rely on materials, materials play a significant part on ideas, it affects emotions, behavior, and function, so I wanted to investigate on how to move positively towards being positively environmental? How to be eco-efficiency when thinking of materials? What materials that are suboptimal? Are they safe in the environment in use and reuse cycle?I have learned that in spatial design It is sufficient as a strategy to not only rely on eco-efficiency to minimise their negative impact but also to stick with what is poorly designed — just to try to do less of it. Making a suboptimal system more efficient by curtailing how much “bad” it produces: not doing the right things but doing the wrong things better as well.In sustainable design session, I was inspired by the work of other designers mentioned on my blog. Through their work, they demonstrate how Sustainable design methodologies filed with philosophical depth. They have shown ways to think beyond technological modernity by exploring the potential for other, more poetic, experiential and interactive forms of product evolution and innovation — embedding less transient, enduring values within products that may be sustained through the slow passing of time.I have learned that when end users have no desire to keep things for longer, they will not. So the designer role is to design products that consumers will actually want to keep, maintain and use for more extended periods of time.I am pleased I’ve had the opportunity to learn about sustainable materials, I have started to appreciate and consider the materials lifespan. Through materials selections, we can design objects that evoke some emotional response from the user. The way in which we each respond emotionally to gives stimuli are what both separates and define us a unique individual; therefore, creating objects and experiences that provoke a distinct and definite emotional response — whatever the reaction may be —will engender the felt sense of individuality, self-definition and the affirmation of identity within users.I was also inspired by biodegradable materials, at first I thought it was a theoretically bright idea however its practicalities rarely function in the mass quantities that we expect it to be fragile and could not support the average human weight. However, I have learned that biodegradable materials are durable and can handle different temperature and atmosphere. In my DRS project I’m creating soft outdoor public furniture, so looking through materials and Materials In Motion exhibition, I have explored the value planed upon materials, the status assigned to recycled materials, and how designers innovation transform our perception of waste. I discover that materials fall into these categories:1)materials that use fewer non-renewable resources: these are materials that have up to 100% recycled content, many of which can be recycled again.2)materials that easily renewed: these are materials that can be regrown, many of which also natally biodegrade.2)materials that have been overlooked: these materials that have been developed from waste streams that are nor readily collected but have been recognized as a valuable resource.Beyond these categories, materials are required to have a strong aesthetic appeal and be in production, to at least have the potential to generate new business should they switch from development material to a production material.I think reflecting on each session had shaped my understandings of sustainability and had helped me to construct an identity while also being indicative of aspirations.when attempting to engage with sustainability, we must think of the environment as just another end user — a user with specific needs, demands, and limitations. It follows that good design, therefore, will aim to accommodate the requirements of all potential users, corporate, consumers and environment.Sustainability provides us with the opportunity to rethink the way in which we engage with materials radically, the future survival of many large brands, therefore, will become increasingly dependent upon both delivery and perceptibility of environmentally conscious practices and products.


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