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Tuesday, April 30, 2013
And the Future is.....
The challenge for Sustainable Design at Ryerson School of Interior Design in 2013 was the future of... How will we live in a changing world? what will the things we use every day and the places we go every day look like? Group presentations covered a range of subjects, from the future of the kitchen to the coffee shop to the factory. All were supposed to look at what we have, what the problem is, and where we should go.
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Monday, April 29, 2013
FUTURE OF THE BEDROOM from Lloyd Alter on Vimeo.
By Erica Van der Pas, Katherine Egenberger, Sarah Prest, Brandon Chan, Michelle McEachern
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Saturday, April 27, 2013
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Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Book Review: Fundamentals of Sustainable Dwellings
Prof. L. Alter
Fundamentals of Sustainable Dwellings
Fundamentals of Sustainable Dwellings
Author: Avi Friedman
Publisher/Publish Date: Island Press / 2012
Reviewed by: Emily Tam
In Fundamentals of Sustainable Design, Avi Friedman provides a concise resource for designers to use to help design a sustainable residential building. Friedman gives a general step-to-step guide and strategies to help understand the principles and methods in designing a sustainable residential dwelling. Friedman begins with explaining the principles of sustainable design and the sustainable trend that is continuously becoming more relevant topic today. He continues his book by going through the different components of a house and explaining how to make each component sustainable. These methods that he presents allows the readers to educate themselves on how to maximize the sustainability factor of a residential building. He ends the books off by explaining the waste management process. The beginning-to-end guide allows homeowners, designers, or anyone who is interested in sustainable residential to receive general, yet knowledgeable information. At the end of each chapter, Friedman provides a case study and a description on the topic that was just discussed. With the help of case studies, diagrams, and illustrations, Friedman provides an easy to understand guide on the process, methods, and strategies of sustainable residential design.
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At Home: A Short History of Private Life
Date: October 2011
Reviewed by: Nahreen Rahman
In At Home, Bill Bryson takes us on a room-to room journey throughout this whole house, and gives us a detailed history of items that we are likely to find in the rooms. These objects are usually things that we take for granted, and do not give a second thought into their existence and history. Bryson lets us know that whatever happens around us and in the world, will eventually land in our home and our belongings.
Bryson uses the floor plan of his own Victorian Country home to explore, discover and analyze what makes a house, a home. Most objects around the house are so familiar to us that we usually don’t take a step back and look at them. We never ask ourselves, who discovered it and how was it first used? Why it was even invented? Did it always have the name it has now? Bryson talks about the story about how stairs came into existence. Their first use was most likely in mines, but they were more ladder-like. Actual stairs were used when chimneys were invested. The introduction of chimneys also meant that people could have more than one floor of living space, as now there was a designated channel to direct smoke from fireplaces out of the house. This was the first time when people could see the possibility for privacy.
Some of the interesting information that Bryson highlighted in the book is that the word “Room” was first used in the Tudor Period. Also, surprisingly, the words “upstairs” and “downstairs” are a concept that was introduced in the 19th century. Bryson also talks about whale-oil used for lighting oil-lamps, called whaling. In the chapter on kitchen, he touches upon Neolithic history. Bryson points out that till date we only consume the 11 essential edible plants for 90 percent of our daily intake, introduced to us by the Neolithic civilization, despite having access to 30,000 species of edible plants in the world.
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