Saturday, March 28, 2009

Workplace Trends

  • collaboration
  • teamwork
  • innovation
  • generational shifts
  • global influence
  • areas of relaxation/warmth
  • teamwork
  • areas that encourage innovation
  • casual team meeting areas
  • highly interactive areas adjacent to individual work

Corporate Identity
  • qualities in the environment
  • environmental awareness
  • standards and guidelines
  • image and branding
  • economic value and efficiency
  • space utilization
  • efficient use power/data
  • address acoustics
  • balance privacy
  • correct workstation size
  • benching
  • home office
  • hoteling

Attraction and Retention
  • visual interest
  • open and transparent
  • bring nature inside
  • transparent/exposed/environmental
  • playful/invigorating
  • comfortable

Friday, March 27, 2009

Northern Guilford High School

  • foyer - main office - guidance - ptsa
  • atrium area - where students gather - lots of natural lighting
  • designed as the heart of the school
  • college/career center for information about different colleges
Media Center
  • lots of natural lighting
  • furniture is on wheels, allos for flexibility
  • seating area (small nook)
  • central desk (should be raised) - easy space to supervise
  • problem corner (easy exit)
  • space for a digital studio
  • easily accessible computer lab
  • hard to display and hang things
  • balcony space
  • color scheme
  • no fly system in stage area
  • tech booth located in back
  • storage
  • rehearsal rooms for students - located near stage - ability to change settings in space
  • dance studio
  • different wings for different subjects

  • natural light was used throughout the spaces
  • interior signage @ both schools (not very much permanent signage, not displayed at top quality)
  • create a corridor space, not just a walkway
  • courtyards were not being used to full potential
  • work on interaction between grade levels; and better color schemes for each wing (feel a connection) (use student work - tackable surfaces)
  • disconnect between middle school and high school
  • communcal space (hallways + courtyards + individual classrooms + front entrance.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Northern Guilford Middle School

  • innovative design
  • security forces you to enter the main office
  • living machine - water filtration process - water is used 2 or 3 times
  • energy star rates school
  • water retention ponds run off solar power to recirculate water
Media Center
  • rarely turn lights on
  • building is on 10 degree axis from the sun
  • raised floor system - air is floating underneath floor - no duct work
  • variable speed fans
  • system automatically switches from heat to air
  • carpet tiles (underneath is a concrete hybrid over top of subflooring access for HVAC)
  • use natural lighting, fabric baffles to direct lighting into the space
  • even light distribution
  • use of fluorescent lights in space
  • Separate wings for grade levels (fairly isolated)
  • different schedules for different grade levels
  • rooms are illuminated with daylight that is glare-free diffused sunlight. Provides full lighting levels during 2/3 of school hours
  • under floor access available throughout school
  • color strategy? - hallways have different colors and different colored lockers
  • greenhouse on campus
  • trying to avoid the use of mobile units
  • exterior light shelf, helps to bring light into the space
  • overflow spouts (water from roof)
Interior Light Shelf
  • occupancy sensor
  • light meter - measures footcandles, adjust the threshold for how much light is used in space
  • complaints from teachers about having to much light in space, making it hard to see AV screens
Solar Domestic Water Heating
  • Solar thermal panels preheat water to provide over 3/4 of the school kitchen's needs
  • angled roof to catch daylight from all angles of building
  • on average holds about 26 students
  • teachers love natural lighting; but allow issues for screen
  • no ability to open windows in the room
  • desks allow for flexibility in space
  • lots of storage - also personal storage

More Pics from Atlanta

Pics from Atlanta

The Dirty Dirty - Atlanta

So everyone (well almost everyone . . ) in fourth year traveled to the great city of Atlanta for a class field trip. We got some free time on our own to explore the city and look around, and while doing this we got to enjoy some beautiful SNOW!! On Monday and Tuesday we went to different design firms and showrooms throughout the city. It was so interesting to hear professionals talk about their careers and how they got there, and some of the work they do today. We actually met with a designer who graduated from UNCG about four years ago. It was very inspiring to meet someone who actually survived Iarc and is making it in the real world. It definitely gives me hope for the future, and the motivation to reach big. Something that I really enjoyed before leaving on our trip was creating a teaser card to market myself to the design firms that we met with.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Little Black Book of Connections Part II

Rules of Connecting
  1. Be friendly first, and everything else falls into place.
  2. Project your self-image in a way that breeds confidence in others.
  3. Your ability to look someone in the eye as you speak to them is a tell-tale sign of your own self respect.
  4. Your consistent positive attitude will breed positive responses and positive results.
  5. No connection is made without some form of risk.
  6. The principle is: Ninety percent of success is showing up prepared.
  7. The less you focus on your motive to meet, the more likely it is that your connection will be successful.
  8. Take a genuine interest in other people before you ask them to take a genuine interest in you.
  9. The sooner you can find something in common with the other guy, the sooner all the barriers will disappear.
  10. The higher up the ladder you go the more cautious people will be of your advances.
  11. Your projected image will often determine your ability to make a real connection.
  12. People judge you by every action that you take.
  13. Provide value
  14. Transferring your message with excellent communication skills.
  15. Staying in touch is more important and more valuable than making the initial connection.
  16. Since you don't know what day a powerful connection will be made, you must be ready everyday.
  17. Your present reputation determines your future fate.
  18. Be yourself, talk real, act real, be real, and you will find that others will do the same in return.

Little Black Book of Connections Part I

Who Do You Know?
  • There is power in who you know. Not just connection power, growth power, success power. Even fulfillment power.
How Well Are You Connected?
  • The object of having a circle of influence is not just to use it to climb the ladder; it's also to build relationships with those in your circle so that when you need to climb the ladder another step, they are more than willing to come to your aid.
Do You Know How to Make a Connection?
  • The object of connecting, and making a connection, is to make a good one.
  • You can connect in such a positive and impressionable way that you create reputation at the same time.
Who Knows You?
  • It's not who you know, it's who knows you.

Poetics of Space

Gaston Bachelard's Poetics of Space is a study of space and our environment and how we understand ourselves. Bachelard describes the many manifestations of a home, the intimate harmony of walls and furniture that are found within it. The way he speaks of a house helps me to see that there is much more to a house than just the exterior structure, that it evokes feelings from within. "When a dreamer can reconstruct the world from an object that he transforms magically through his care of it, we become convinced that everything in the life of a poet is germinal." As we move throughout a house we expereince the different spaces and how they affect our behavior. One manifestation of a home is found in a box. Boxes are used to hold secrets, which means there is a need for secracy, and a lack of physchological threshold. The creation of the box helps to describe the secrets that are within it.
Being able to describe a place as a "home" is to see the relationship between ourselves and the space. A home becomes a place for secrets and a refuge from everyday life, a place for us to get away and be ourselves. Because we encounter this space everyday we are ultimately influenced by that space. Because of all of these aspects of a space we are affected and defined by our homes.


Amalgamation: The mixing or blending of different, elements, races, societies, etc. also the result of such combination or blending a homogeneous union. The goal of this concept is to combine and blend different teaching and learning styles to create an atmosphere that is accepted by everyone. We feel that all types of learning should be represented and used in this space. We want a barrier free space, where teachers and students can work together to learn.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Learning Styles and Strategies

The Visual/Verbal Learning Style

Learn best when information is presented visually and in a written language format. You benefit from information obtained from textbooks and class notes. You tend to like to study by yourself in a quiet room.

The Visual/Nonverbal Learning Style

Learn best when information is presented visually and in a picture or design format. You benefit from information obtained from the pictures and diagrams in textbooks, when trying to remember something, you can often visualize a picture of it in your mind.

The Tactile/Kinesthetic Learning Style

You learn best when physically engaged in a "hands on" activity. you learn best when you can be physically active in the learning environment. You benefit from demonstrations.

The Auditory/Verbal Learning Style

You learn best when information is presented auditory in an oral language format.

Learning Station Sketches

School of Athens

The School of Athens

Is one of the most famous paintings by the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael. It was painted between 1510 and 1511 as a part of Raphael's commission to decorate with frescoes the rooms now known as the Stanze de Raffaello. The building is in the shape of a Greek cross, which some have suggested was intended to show a harmony between pagan philosophy and Christian theology.

In response to the assignment with project ALPHA we created an installation on the south wall of the gatewood lobby. As a group we reinterpreted the school of athens by representing different sections of the painting with different types of media.

Goals for 412

My Goals for the Semester in Studio 412:

1) Working on presentation skills
2) Figuring out what kind of designer I am, and what kind of designer I want to be
3) Preparing myself for graduation and a job
4) Doing more work digitally and working on my portfolio