officeinsight: Random Walks
11.27.11 | In the 11.14.11 issue of officeinsight, in Part 1 of this article, we began describing the IIDEX/NeoCon Canada 2011 presentation, Creating Healthier Environments Through Active Design by Karen Lee, MD, and Gayle Nicoll, Ph.D. In this Part 2, we will cover Dr. Nicoll’s description of some of the developed strategies that address current health problems attributable, in part, to the built environment, and particularly the interiors. In considering the interplay that resulted in the study of the relationship between health and safety and the built environment, most of the research has been done by health professionals. A fundamental question for architecture and design education and practice is “How ready and receptive are these professions to following and implementing this type of knowledge?”
11.14.11 | The built environment was created to intervene in otherwise prevailing and threatening circumstances, natural or man made. It is an act of audacious ignorance, however, to assume that our built environment would not bear its own potential hazards. Now, through the illuminating work of Karen Lee, MD, and Gayle Nicoll, Ph.D., we can see that the environment in which we live and the environments that we design are key determinants of the health conditions and the health epidemics that affect us.
8.8.11 | Beauty is but a specific example of what we might consider design’s most powerful weapon: emotional arousal . . . or not. To be truly effective, design professionals must consider, not just what arouses them, but what arouses a particular client. (Again, this is what is wrong with the beauty contests of the interior design awards and trade publishing programs.)
7.25.11 | The interior design industry may well know how to communicate within the industry, but it is not so adept at the more important task of effectively communicating with the general public and sectors within it. To do this, it has to get a much better understanding of how the general public and clients view the world and, in particular, interior design.
4.18.11 | The airwaves are carrying wisps of a renewal of discussions between IIDA and ASID about the possibility of a merger. Here’s a challenge: we throw down the gauntlet to all interior designers: Design Your Profession . . . and start by designing a new unified professional organization. If you don’t, someone will do it for you, for example, architects and the Interior Design Protective council.
3.28.11 | Thinking about the substance of a webcast panel organized by Steelcase, with Jim Keane, Roger Martin and Daniel Pink, as panelists, it occurred to me that the answer to elevating the importance of creative thinking and “Design” in business is not sending analytics to Asia, as suggested by Mr. Pink. It lies in studying how these two approaches and capabilities can be most effectively integrated and used.
Some Thoughts on the IFI DFIE Declaration
3.14.11 | The IFI DFIE INTERIORS Declaration is an interesting tapestry of what the profession is and what it aims to be. An obvious question is, “To what extent do my developing views on the definition of “interior design” accord with those expressed in the Declaration?
2.7.11 | Interior design – and, in fact, all design for the built environment – is purposeful. In this regard, it many be helpful, for this discussion, to categorize the major aspects of architecture and design into two areas, technique and purpose. It appears that now the profession is ready to begin, and has begun, the shift of emphasis from technique to purpose.
10.11.10 | Can aesthetics be analyzed? From the ancients to the present time, people have looked at aesthetics and their effects, both from a philosophical and historical point of view, and as a proper subject of psychology, that is, the human response to aesthetic offerings.
| We must address issues that are at the heart of interior design, but are too often ignored. One fundamental fact is that interior design is not a choice: we can’t avoid interior design; but every one of us chooses the quality of interior design. If there is an interior, there is no such thing as “no interior design.”