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Re-design the Process of Food
Marla Emory, Tom Futrell, August 2016
Replication of the Human Body
Freeman, Carolyn & Welynda Wright, January 1992
This project required students to construct full-scale replicas of their own bodies. Work was completed entirely outside the classroom, while instruction was given on human factors in class. Evaluation determined the project generated increased creativity, reduced stress, and integrated well with traditional drafting instruction as students gained intimate knowledge of human dimensions.
Retail Kiosk
Fowles, Dorothy L., January 1992
A small (approximately 120 square feet) retail kiosk was located in an enclosed shopping mall. Each two-person design team drew a client/product line from an available group, i.e. mail order catalogs. The project program requirements, including mall regulations/codes, were to be integrated. A strong graphic identity was desired, as well as a modular approach.
Right Down to the Cups and Saucers
Zirruner, Linda, January 1992
The gesamkunstwerk (or "total work of art") concept involves the design of, all aspects of and elements within an interior space, no matter how minor. In order to carry the project to a level of development, which can approximate a true gesamkunstwerk, students designed custom dishes for a restaurant. These dishes were to reflect significant design concepts and act as attractive and functional eating utensils. Full-scale mock-ups of the dishes were produced and presented with the project at the final review.
Single Unit Modular Plug-In Environment for the Year 2200
Guerin, Denise A., January 1992
The project is to design the living/sleeping/dining area for a single person in the year 2200. The challenge is to create an environment that does not currently exist.
Space Scrabble
Matthew Higgins, August 2017
"Space Scrabble is an innovative teaching tool for entry-level interior design students.   It forms part of a broader program focusing on the promotion of critical thinking skills, and has been developed in two formats – a manual version and a digital version (described here).  Space Scrabble consists of 24 elements, each set within a square. These can be rotated, reflected, or overlaid to create an almost infinite variety of shapes that together form an abstract building plan. Students are encouraged to create the plan quickly, using intuition rather than functional analysis - The outcome is then interpreted as a journey or experience through space. It can be seen as the architectural equivalent of a Rorschach test, providing the visual armature for a spatial narrative."
Tech Talks
Huber, Amy, July 2015
The Design Critique Experience
Cuddeback, Marsha, July 2015
The Design of a Set of Tiles, a Textile or a Wallcovering, Adapted from Historic Motifs
Leinbach, Richard B., January 1992
The design of a set of ceramic tiles or the design of a printed textile or wallcovering for a contemporary interior that reflects a specific historic period was the focus of this project The completed designs for the tiles or the textile were based on adaptations of three or more documented historic motifs.
The Heritage Studio
Amy Roehl, August 2016
The Tea Project
Blake-Norvell, Nan, January 1992
The Tea Project began with a scenario for having tea, and proceeded through the construction of two study models, a final larger model, selection of furniture and materials and a final two-dimensional presentation incorporating all the previous steps. The students finished the project with a verbal presentation and juried review.


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