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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses2017 (PC020404.16) ➔ Beneath the Surface: Rethinking Urban School Food Systems


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Tapan Jani (designer)
Jonsara Ruth (thesis advisor)
Nathalie Rozot (thesis advisor)
Ioanna Theocharopoulou (thesis advisor)




How can design reveal Fundamental notions of life? In order to make our spaces efficient, comfortable and reproducible we have lost our connection with nature. We are denying both the physical and spiritual realities of universe as a whole. We believe we are different from other species. We even argue that our minds and bodies are separate. This foundational modern belief helps us understand our insensitivity towards the necessary life-sustaining natural systems. Our cities and buildings follow mathematically derived grids to organize natural systems, such as water, energy, air and the Earth. The result is these systems continue to fail us and confuse our understanding of our biosphere. My thesis attempts to rebuild that connection with nature and promote an understanding of interdependency in our ecosystems. I intend to develop a building design that demonstrates the presence of natural phenomena by integrating them into the layers of societal and design constructions that in-form our bodies about nature and our relationship to it.



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