Academic journal article Human Ecology

Material Value

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Material Value

Article excerpt

For interior designers, seeing is believing. The college's dLib--short for Design Library--offers students and faculty members a place to compare material samples by size, shape, texture, luster, color, and other properties.

"There's no substitute for the real thing," says Madison Chung '15, one of the student curators of the learning center, run by the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis on the first floor of Martha Van Rensselaer Hall's east wing. "When I'm sourcing materials for a project, I like holding pieces, feeling their shape and contours, and looking at them in different lights to see how they appear in real life. You discover so much more than you can by viewing them online."

Launched by students in fall 2011, dLib grew out of a senior design studio taught by DEA lecturer Leah Scolere '03, MA '04. The group reimagined the department's existing design center to create a lively learning hub for students and faculty. To encourage teamwork, it includes a magnetic ideation wall and flexible workstations that can be configured for group interaction. …

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