Final Design Brief

1) Post a draft of your final design briefPreview the documentView in a new window to your LP and submit the link.  Is there any aspect of your final project you would like feedback on? Please let me know.

























2) Read the following article: Damaging Your iPhone, Accidentally, on Purpose (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..

– How you ever felt this way about an object you’ve owned?

I don’t really feel this way. Though I loose my phone all the time, but I almost always try my best to find the phone. It is quite same for my other stuffs. But if I break or loose something and repair or recover cost more then the upgrade I would upgrade.

– How does your final project challenge having this mentality towards objects?

Pen is not a consumable, but it is used as consumable in our society. Also due to its cheap price and wide availability makes it easier for people to dispose their pens. But as my idea is to make my own pen which, is not necessarily expensive, but requires a lots of craftsmanship. That will encourage people to take better care of their pen and further more use it for longer time. Also it only requires ink which is also widely available and make less carbon footprint then cartridges. Also it is very easy to repair so it would discourage people from disposing.

3) In preparation for next week, read about what New York City (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. and Central Park were like during the Pleistocene (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (the last Ice Age). Write a brief summary.

New York City region used to be glacier; Long Island City was created by the glacier scratching the bed rock. Parts of the bed rock was exposed in the Central Park.

4) Listen to this 23 minute podcast. “We are the Meteor” (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.:

– What surprised you about this audio piece?

We produced more than enough amount of aluminum to cover Europe or North America, and plastics that can cover the whole earth.

– Given what was discussed in the audio piece (and after taking this class), reading about what New York was like during the Pleistocene (last Ice Age), what do you think New York City’s climate will be like 1000 years from now?

As animals’ extinctions, mouse of city may be more popularized and become smarter. Also it is hard to accurately presume future climate of certain area, and 1000 years might seem small, compared to other geological calendar, but Anthropocene has only been 70 years and had very radical changes. It is implied that Anthropocene is going through the most radical and rapid changes. Thus in 1000 years humanity will face many changes that includes, change of soil, geology, species, temperature and other environmental changes. It is clear that it would not be restricted to sea level or temperature.

– What are the five reasons, shared by the Dutch scientist (audio timecode 17:00) explaining what humans are “wired to destroy our environment?” Do you agree?  Does your final project counter any of these reasons?

“Humans value their personal interests over other interests. We value the present over the future. We are obsessed by status. We copy unconsciously the behaviors of others around us. And we disregard novel environmental threats.”

Humans value their personal interests over other interests.

  • It is very honest, but it is not always true. That is the reason why our society can be sustain so far; rather I’d say we used to. I would derisively make this term of “Millenni-cene”. I feel like Millennia is the generation where individualism and selfishness reached it’s peak.

We value the present over the future.

  • It is very true; in fact it is nothing to be surprised. We, or any living creatures, have to secure the present before securing the future. That is the reason why the environmental changes are lead by developed society rather than third world society.

We are obsessed by status.

  • Well as for my experience it is only true for some. I don’t necessarily agree with it.

We copy unconsciously the behaviors of others around us.

  • Yes, it is proven by many experiments relating to the theory of conformity.

We disregard novel environmental threats.

  • It depends on who we talking about. But, yes, many of us regards personal interest of present time over environmental threats that is yet visible.


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