a) what did you discover/learn in the project

I learned more about myself. I think I was aware of most of the areas in my mattering map, however, it was the first time I sat down and organized it on a piece of paper. It gave me a better idea…


Step 1. Brainstorm, draw, journal, write, question.

My Shoulds and Musts:

Off the bat, one of my musts is to be able to pursue my interests and learning goals. Whether it is in relation to my major or not, I tend to pursue my curiosities whenever I run into them. This has, in a way, shaped the…


This week’s reading was very dense and confusing. McKeon discusses the relationship between character and education. He starts off by emphasizing the importance of ‘character’ as it is an impression one makes on another. Then he goes on to discuss how character is, not only, innate but also strongly influenced…


There was a lot of self-reflection and introspection this week. Asking questions such as what our “must” is and how it differs from “should”. Elle Luna helped organize and distinguish our innate desires to those that have been shaped by society. A basic example this: A job that brings the…


a) what did you discover/learn in the project

There are several things I learned through this project. First, I was able to gain a better understanding of CMU’s current efforts in sustainability and the areas that need improvement. I was quite disappointed by the efforts CMU has put in to…


The majority of this week was spent on fleshing out our ideas that could help CMU become a leader in sustainability initiatives. The area that I chose to work on was with food at CMU. Since CMU does not have a dining hall, I noticed that the waste that results…


Step 1: Pet Peeves

My group and I identified some things at CMU that bothered us in regards to sustainability.

Energy

The first major area that was identified was the use of energy in CMU facilities. The class noticed that there were numerous ways in which the school’s use of energy…


I really enjoyed the Tony Fry reading this week. The idea that design is not only structured by the designer, but also structures the designer was very eye-opening. It brought emphasis to the importance of metacognition when designing. Furthermore, he seemed to argue the importance of embracing the whole system…


There were a lot of interesting sources we looked into this week.

William McDonough’s approach to sustainable design was very interesting, and something that I was more familiar with. The idea of creating this circular system in which our products end up as nutrients and resources for the environment. This…


The biggest thing from the project was that I had a better understanding of my carbon footprint. I have never spent the time to reflect on my carbon footprint before this project, therefore it was a great opportunity to be more aware of my impacts. Furthermore, I learned a lot…

Curtis Lee

Design for Climate Change

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