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MFA Interior Design Studio: "Healthy Living"

Fall 2015

Allied Design Studio 3, a graduate level studio taught by HML Director Alison Mears and HML Director of Design Jonsara Ruth in Fall 2015, focused on issues of health and affordability by focusing on a specific development site as an example. The site was Carmel Place, a notable development by Monadnock Development on 27th street between 1st and 2nd avenues in Manhattan. A pilot study by New York City for micro housing, Carmel Place offers units with 260-360 sq ft of living space, 14 of which are designated as affordable. The students studied what constitutes a healthy community, home, and individual through an understanding of the food we eat and the food cycle; the materials that surround us and their life cycle; and the impacts of our exposure to unwanted toxins, all within the context of affordability.

As part of the Allied Design Studio, MFA Interior Design students worked intensively with their peers in MFA Lighting Design and Master of Architecture at the beginning of the project to establish an understanding of the site, neighborhood and community in relation to human health.

Within the interior design component there were two design projects: 1. an interior of a micro living unit; and, 2. the interior of a public space. The public space, chosen by the students, lies either within the common space of the apartment building or in an adjacent grocery store designed by their architecture and lighting design peers. A driving factor behind the public space design component was the idea that people residing in small spaces live a large percent of their lives outside of the home.

Faculty: Jonsara Ruth, Alison Mears, Catherine Murphy

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