Through the journey (I am not yet at the destination) that has been researching and filling my Dissertation Proposal Form I have had great moments of realization and clarity and others that haven’t been as much.
There has been a lot of watching videos (some of them on the Dissertation category on this blog) and reading. Not physical books but Kindle edition ones and also a lot of computer screen.
Since I am in Italy, trying to get hold of physical books would have been extremely inconvenient, so the Kindle has turned out to be great. Books are cheaper (but unlike printed books, subject to VAT?) and I get to keep them after all. I also get to read at my own pace (which in English is relatively slow).
I think the biggest problem I’ve had is staying motivated to read and write. Being away from Lecturers and the whole University environment has been strange to say the least. Even though I have exchanged emails and have had Skype calls it is not the same as being surrounded by it.
How has and could the Maker Movement and Interior Design positively be influenced by Sustainability?
This is (right now) the title of my Dissertation and it is the question I am trying to answer.
Reading different books, I am getting a clearer idea of how to organize the longest piece of writing I have ever done.
Cradle to Cradle (McDonough, W; Braunghart, M. 2002) has been the most influential book for the dissertation (so far). It was recommend to me by one of my lecturers (due to the stuff I make) and without a doubt a very interesting book.
Who doesn’t want to be good?
Who is really good?
I mean, obviously a system where materials are used over and over again sounds and is much better that one where things go from use to dis-use (landfill or incinerator) and through which valuable components are lost. The book suggests loads of very interesting idea, off course it does not propose any arguments against it. That I have found reading different interviews with the authors, the idea is described as a “Business Model”. Sadly in my opinion “Business” and “Profit” tend to be two very restricting ideas. When the outcome is to generate as much money as possible out of something, a lot of other things are ignored or made go certain ways to reach the wanted outcome.
The book has made me consider things that I hadn’t though of before. One of these has been water properties being different in all countries. For example: The recommended quantity of product to use to wash day-old clothes is standard, but the needs in every countries and the way the product affects the waters and ecosystems are different.
Ignorance is not bliss.
Being in Italy for example, I have seen how instead of using a brush to clean or a plunger to unblock a pipe , the preferred method is to chuck a bunch of unblocking/cleaning chemicals. This will end up in the canals. In some places you can see and smell the amount of white water loaded with chemicals being poured out. One of the reasons why Venice smells bad!
To add to this, a lot of rubbish ends up in the water (plastic bottles and bags, cans and paper) it then moves out to the sea and will be washed in again with the tides. It is an endless cycle.
I sort of started reading Sustainability in Interior Design (Moxon, S. 2012) last year. I picked the book in the library in the university and had a look through it. Made some notes and posted them in my sketchbook.
I left the sketchbook in the Uni…with a lot of other things.
The subject of sustainability has interested me for a very long time but only now I have started considering whether this could be a path I would like to follow professionally. Being in my last year of University (almost) makes me think about what path I should follow for the next chapter of my life. Not throwing things were they don’t belong is something that has become “natural” for me. This is one of the reasons why I choose to write such important paper on such important matter.
The road is still long, I know I will learn a lot and I hope by February to have written an excellent piece of work. I will start organizing my time better and sticking to the plans I make. I am not fully satisfied with this proposal, but it has got me starting to think. I am confident that I can do very well on the actual dissertation.