This course will explore three building sectorsâ€”hospitality, multifamily housing, and senior housingâ€”and the flooring challenges these projects face, including heavy foot traffic, maintenance, safety, and aesthetics. Hard surface flooring such as tile, luxury vinyl tile, laminate, and engineered wood can be specified throughout these projects to meet the demands of public spaces such as lobbies and restaurants and private areas such as bedrooms and baths. The course will also examine a case study from each sector.
Understanding Wood â€“ How Next-Generation Designers and Artists Impact the Global Forest Ecosystem (Print Course)
Social responsibility should be at the forefront of every designerâ€™s practice, as their designs impact raw material use, land development, and the health, safety, and welfare of building occupants.
This course will discuss one natural resource that is facing a significant threat from exploitation and development: the global forest ecosystem.
We will discuss how building product manufacturers can offer material alternatives that do not further dwindle the worldâ€™s endangered wood species. We will also dive deep into a collaborative project between an engineered surfaces company, Interlochen Arts Academy, and visiting artists to return a pine plantation forest to its native state while studying ecology, creating art, and educating a future generation of artists.
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