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Partition Pause, Michael Scribner 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University

Partition Pause, Michael Scribner

Theses and Dissertations

MOTIVATION Mindfulness is the active pursuit of focused attention, and through practice has been shown to benefit psychological and physical well-being. While mindfulness is not a new idea, it has only tangentially been linked to Interior Design such as through performative objects (Niedderer, 2007 and 2014) which promote personal reflection before enacting a choice. If mindfulness is the active pursuit of mental presence, then Attention Restoration Theory (ART) is a passive route by which environmental cues imbue a resurgence in attention capacity (Kaplan, 2001). ART studies exemplified successful restoration through scenes of nature, and unsuccessfully in outdoor urban scenes (Berto ...


A Third Place: For Children(5–7) To Play And Learn, Yuqi Ye 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University

A Third Place: For Children(5–7) To Play And Learn, Yuqi Ye

Theses and Dissertations

The motivation for this project follows the untimely death of an Asian student last year. Crime rates, especially with regard to young children, are tough social problems happening in a lot of countries. Education and structured play are a key solution related to decreasing these crime rates. In today's educational systems, preschool education should involve family and community, foster mutual cooperation, and provide the best environment for a child's growth to promote their potential development.


Designing School Community: Changing Inner-City Middle School Culture Through Interiors, Rachel A. Ramey 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University

Designing School Community: Changing Inner-City Middle School Culture Through Interiors, Rachel A. Ramey

Theses and Dissertations

While the knowledge of disrepair in inner-city schools is fairly common, the impact that school facilities are having on students and faculty is not as widely known. More recently, the closing of inner city schools has greatly increased across the United States; Reduction in public school enrollment from 2006-2013: Detroit -63%, Cleveland -32%, Indianapolis -27%, D.C. -23%, L.A. -23%,etc. (Journey For Justice Alliance,2014).

Due to budget cuts, threat of school closings from poor facility conditions, large class size, and pressure to raise test scores, inner city schools struggle to keep teachers (Journey For Justice Alliance,2014 ...


Performative Design, Lenita Ann Eldhose 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University

Performative Design, Lenita Ann Eldhose

Theses and Dissertations

The field of design is one that holds the power to empower, bridge gaps, inform, evolve and revolutionize human thoughts. To gain a higher understanding of the correlation of anthropometrics and ergonomics in an embodied space relative to the discipline of dance connecting one’s mind and body. The need for a space that instills a sense of freedom for artists to experience and execute their art and to reside alongside their mentors and traveling artists. The need for a space that can bring the diverse cultures that live in and around Richmond together through an expressive form of art ...


A Public Reckoning: Interior Design, Comedy, & The Common Good, Caroline McIlraith 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University

A Public Reckoning: Interior Design, Comedy, & The Common Good, Caroline Mcilraith

Theses and Dissertations

This thesis investigates drinking water quality and the ways in which our built environment can be used to as a tool to alter or confront perception through the violation of expectations. Research indicates that the design of public interiors could be a key component in regulating healthy urban ecologies. Desire to understand the opposing needs of two user groups – the skeptic and the advocate – led me to research design prototypes that prioritize the unexpected as it is manifested in spectacle as underscored through proximity.

By abstracting this research, a new hypothetical design is formed in the form of a comedy ...


On Being A Good Neighbor, Kathren M. Cutshall 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University

On Being A Good Neighbor, Kathren M. Cutshall

Theses and Dissertations

This research supports the design of a museum dedicated to reconciliation on the issue of human slavery. Throughout the museum guests will be ushered through contemplation to prepare for the context of the museum, gallery exhibitions chronicling the slavery and corporate apologia. The aim of the museum is to aid guests toward taking ownership of the history of slavery while simultaneously offering up forgiveness for it. Platforms for spoken word art, lecture halls and spaces dedicated to dialogue will be included. The chronological progression through the museum will move guests from introspection to education, personal acceptance to forgiveness. Guests will ...


Scan & Scansion: An Urban Residency For Poets & Artists Working In Collaboration, Heather A. Overby 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University

Scan & Scansion: An Urban Residency For Poets & Artists Working In Collaboration, Heather A. Overby

Theses and Dissertations

Scansion is the act of discerning a poem’s meter and measure to discover its overall meaning. To achieve beauty in poetry, just as in interior design, content must continually be in conversation with form. And, just as a building must be scaled against the human figure to determine its final shape, a poem is scaled against human breath, the breadth of our sounds.

Scan & Scansion is a Richmond-based residency with a six-month term providing a work, living and exhibition space to poets and artists who wish to work collaboratively across disciplines. As the program is essentially about applied poetics ...


Market Hall: Connecting Community Through Food, Commerce + Culture, Mary M. Jones 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University

Market Hall: Connecting Community Through Food, Commerce + Culture, Mary M. Jones

Theses and Dissertations

Market Halls are public spaces critical to social and economic development. They are a reflection of the cities they inhabit. These markets are the beating heart of the community. They are more than just places of commerce – they are a microcosm of the city.

A Market Hall or upscale farmers market provides an opportunity to bring healthy food options to neighborhoods, support local businesses all while bringing together a community. Specifically, a market hall in Richmond, Virginia will showcase the best the city has to offer from our strong farming community, award winning food and chefs, variety of breweries, talented ...


Capturing The Ephemeral, Caroline L. J. Matteson 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University

Capturing The Ephemeral, Caroline L. J. Matteson

Theses and Dissertations

Music, it has been shown, has the potential to both create social cohesion and encourage conflict resolution (Koelsch, Offermanns, & Franzke, 2010). In a city with deep roots in slavery, music may be more powerful than language or the toppling of monuments to help create a cultural identity that every demographic can fit. Not only can music improve mood in an individual, but musical contagion affects large groups at once. Creating a space to equalize access to and share the experience of music—both making and appreciation—would give the city an opportunity for reconciliation and community bonding.

While a universal quality of humanity, music is unfortunately not equally accessible to all races and ages. Children in low socioeconomic schools and aging adults are two populations that are less likely to engage in musical opportunities due to prohibitive costs, lack of resources, diminished support, reduced funding, insufficient skills for participating in organized groups, and no access to spaces for playing (Deisler, 2011; Hallam, Creech, Varvarigou, & McQueen, 2012). A public music library could remove many of the prohibitive factors for marginalized populations outlined in prior research.

To ensure that these populations are being served, a team of community members who lead a bi-weekly music-workshops for musicians of any age or level will be interviewed. Literature reviews of acoustics and spatial organization will help to inform design choices and practical considerations. Researching methods to reduce attrition in musical settings as well as projects that have ...


Small Town Capital In Community, Christin Hardy 2018 VCUArts

Small Town Capital In Community, Christin Hardy

Theses and Dissertations

Rural towns often do not see community developments geared towards creating public spaces for multi-cultural experiences, the arts and recreation. Instead small towns are more exposed to commercial properties coming in and out the area. Introducing public spaces that offer various community activities and events will benefit people’s human and social capital. Human capital meaning skills and knowledge. Social capital meaning advantages and skills that come from interpersonal engagements (Anderson, 2004). Community centers designed for the unique needs of small towns can house programming to introduce new and rewarding opportunities for community engagement and personal development. Existing buildings within ...


You Build Like A Girl, Sara Hackett 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University

You Build Like A Girl, Sara Hackett

Theses and Dissertations

The thesis explored creating a space for young women to gain confidence and experience in the built environment under the guidance of female mentors. Teaching not only tool skills, but also the fundamentals of design thinking and problem solving to encourage bold decisions and lead to career decisions that expand the skilled workforce candidate pool.


French Wallpaper Decors: Papiers Peints In Homes Of The American South, Christine Speare 2018 Sotheby's Institute of Art

French Wallpaper Decors: Papiers Peints In Homes Of The American South, Christine Speare

MA Theses

French wood-block printed wallpaper is a very unique mural art form, yet often neglected. With this historical lack of attention, few academics have devoted themselves to the study of the topic, especially in the United States; and yet, wallpaper can reveal so much about past styles, settings, and collectors. Due to the historical changes in fashion, natural aging, weather, war, and neglect, a considerably limited number of collections continue to hang in situ in the American South in relation to the abundant examples found in the Northeast that have been better documented. Yet, the South’s historic affinity for all ...


Interior Environments - Residential Spaces - The Suca/Radulescu Home, Catalina Radulescu 2018 Catalina Interiors

Interior Environments - Residential Spaces - The Suca/Radulescu Home, Catalina Radulescu

Exceptional Student Work - Interior Decorating

This project is made up of final presentation boards that were presented to a client. The digital boards have a professional appearance and meet the decorating practice standard. The project includes a concept collage board, floor plans, elevations and materials, and perspective drawings.


Interior Environments - Residential Spaces - Mr. And Mrs. Miyanishi, Thaiany Bortolotto 2018 Thaiany Bortolotto Interior Decorating

Interior Environments - Residential Spaces - Mr. And Mrs. Miyanishi, Thaiany Bortolotto

Exceptional Student Work - Interior Decorating

This project is made up of final presentation boards that were presented to a client. The digital boards have a professional appearance and meet the decorating practice standard. The project includes a concept collage board, floor plans, elevations and materials, and a perspective drawing.


Interior Environments - Residential Spaces - Mr. And Mrs. Schiavo, Isnaia Moraes 2018 Isnaia Moraes Interiors

Interior Environments - Residential Spaces - Mr. And Mrs. Schiavo, Isnaia Moraes

Exceptional Student Work - Interior Decorating

This project is made up of final presentation boards that were presented to a client. The digital boards have a professional appearance and meet the decorating practice standard. The project includes a concept collage board, floor plans, elevations and materials, and perspective drawings.


Interior Environments - Residential Spaces - The Sobiera Home, Andrea Smith 2018 Perfect Post Interiors

Interior Environments - Residential Spaces - The Sobiera Home, Andrea Smith

Exceptional Student Work - Interior Decorating

This project is made up of final presentation boards that were presented to a client. The digital boards have a professional appearance and meet the decorating practice standard. The project includes a concept collage board, floor plans, elevations and materials, and perspective drawings.


Interior Environments - Residential Spaces - Hemang Gadhvi, Jiawei Pu 2018 Inner Space

Interior Environments - Residential Spaces - Hemang Gadhvi, Jiawei Pu

Exceptional Student Work - Interior Decorating

This project is made up of final presentation boards that were presented to a client. The digital boards have a professional appearance and meet the decorating practice standard. The project includes a concept collage board, floor plans, elevations and materials, and perspective drawings.


Impacts Of Active School Design On Schooltime Sedentary Behavior And Physical Activity: A Pilot Natural Experiment, Jeri Brittin, Leah Frerichs, John R. Sirard, Nancy M. Wells, Beth M. Myers, Jeanette Garcia, Dina Sorensen, Matthew J. Trowbridge, Terry Huang 2017 HDR, Department of Built Environment Research, Omaha

Impacts Of Active School Design On Schooltime Sedentary Behavior And Physical Activity: A Pilot Natural Experiment, Jeri Brittin, Leah Frerichs, John R. Sirard, Nancy M. Wells, Beth M. Myers, Jeanette Garcia, Dina Sorensen, Matthew J. Trowbridge, Terry Huang

Interior Design Program: Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity

Background Children spend a significant portion of their days in sedentary behavior (SB) and on average fail to engage in adequate physical activity (PA). The school built environment may influence SB and PA, but research is limited. This natural experiment evaluated whether an elementary school designed to promote movement impacted students' school-time SB and PA.

Methods Accelerometers measured SB and PA at pre and post time-points in an intervention group who moved to the new school (n = 21) and in a comparison group experiencing no school environmental change (n = 20). Difference-in-difference (DD) analysis examined SB and PA outcomes in these ...


Preservation Of A Vietnam War-Era Slide Collection: A Master’S Project To Research, Catalogue, Digitize And Exhibit The Photo-Documentary Collection Of Kenneth L. Swain Jr., United States Air Force Veteran, Amanda L. Niemi 2017 State University of New York College at Buffalo - Buffalo State College

Preservation Of A Vietnam War-Era Slide Collection: A Master’S Project To Research, Catalogue, Digitize And Exhibit The Photo-Documentary Collection Of Kenneth L. Swain Jr., United States Air Force Veteran, Amanda L. Niemi

Museum Studies Projects

The purpose of this master’s project thesis is to explore and implement the necessary professional museum practices to care for and preserve the private Vietnam War-era slide collection of Kenneth L. Swain Jr., an Air Force veteran. Through museum practices presented by leading museum professionals, the slide collection was examined and a plan implemented for slide care and maintenance. In conjunction with the preservation of this slide collection, an exhibition was curated in honor of Swain’s unique photo-documentary slide collection.


Personalization, Territory, And The Refugee Housing Crisis, Emmalie Grace Hall-Skank 2017 Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Personalization, Territory, And The Refugee Housing Crisis, Emmalie Grace Hall-Skank

ASA Multidisciplinary Research Symposium

This poster will present preliminary evidence of the need for facilitating greater ease and/or ability with respect to personalization activities in migrant and refugee housing and suggest opportunities for design intervention. Connections will be made to territoriality and how humans claim space by means of visual cues.


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