Meditation Chapel

Natalie Mies, a sophmore in the FI program, was voted a regionalist finalist for the 2018 IDEC National Student Design Competition. Natalie’s Meditation Chapel submission was based on the Chinese culture's five elements philosophy.

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Are Tiny Homes Here to Stay?

Jasmine Form (a 2017 graduate) and Lilia Gomez-Lanier (faculty) co-authored published article, "Are Tiny Homes Here to Stay? A Review of Literature on the Tiny House Movement" in the Family and Consumers Sciences Research Journal (FCSRJ), was voted by the journal as the Best Paper in Housing for 2017. The journal is an international journal. The award was based on originality and importance of the topic, strength of the methodology and results, and implications for a lasting contribution to family and consumer sciences. Both authors will receive an award at 109th Annual Conference and Expo of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences to be held in Atlanta, summer 2018

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Residence that focuses on positive and negative space

The intent of my design is to create a residence that focuses on positive and negative space, similar to how Xiaolu’s designs create a three dimensional effect. Even in photographs the designs of Deep moss harbor spaces of void and spaces of abundant detail. The space will use textures and form to create a sense of contrast in different aspects of design that will celebrate the overall aesthetic of Xialou and her brand.
Through research I was able to establish a residence for Xiaolu that harnesses the elements of feng shui, chi, and the five elements to create a positive and em powering atmosphere. These elements will give the residence a sense of Chinese culture without being too overpowering with typical colors and motifs. I created the floorplan with chi and energy in mind. Energy is just as important in the home as it is in the office. A continual flow of new energy into the home keeps a healthy and energetic atmosphere. The five elements can be found within every floor of the home in order to keep the space spiritually well balanced.
Materials such as bamboo and cork flooring, wood paneling, and gardens encompass the wood element. This element harnesses bamboo encompass element. element the power of creativity and encourages strength and intuition. Fire is an important element to instill in the home because it can encourage love. Fire can be found in the use of fireplaces, various lighting methods, and the residents and guests that will inhabit the home. Jute rugs, sisal wall coverings, concrete, and natural stones harness the earth element.
This element will bring a sense of stability to the space. The element of metal brings clarity to a space. Xiaolu will be able to find this element through the cool gray color of walls and the concrete floor, the stairs, and various metallic finishes in lighting and accessories. With water bringing renewal, abundance, and ease to a space, it is clear to see that it is an important element for a home. Water can be found in mirrors, artwork, and deep, rich tones in this space. The positive and negative concept of my design can also be tied back into Chinese culture in the form of yin and yang. To incorporate this concept into my design I utilized contrasting colors, textures, and materials.
I incorporated a mixture of soft grained wood and raw concrete, soft textiles, linens, and stone, and high gloss and matte finishes in order to create a sense of positive and negative that makes sense in a home. In a home you want to utilize all spaces, so it was important for me to look at this concept in a more complex manner. The slatted wood found on various surfaces in the home gives the illusion of positive and negative space. I carefully chose furniture and accents that further accentuate this concept and helps tie the spaces together.