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AM NEW YORK | APRIL 17, 2014 
by Lambeth Hochwald


5 GREEN INNOVATORS TO KNOW IN NEW YORK CITY

Green roofs growing atop a state university. An urban farm at the tip of Manhattan. A chain of wind-powered bakeries. Across New York City, businesses are incorporating green practices into their mission, and they're not just cutting down on printed paper. In honor of Earth Day this Tuesday, here's a look at five green innovators in the city and the lengths they're going to protect our planet ..... MORE



INTERIORS & SOURCES | OCTOBER 1, 2013 
by AnnMarie Martin


LIFE'S A JOURNEY

Grazyna Pilatowicz, IDEC, IIDA, LEED AP—associate professor, chair and founder of the Sustainable Interior Environments program at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) School of Graduate Studies—understands that laurels are not meant to be rested on.

“It will continue to look different,” she says of the program that originally developed out of a class she created, entitled Ecology and the Built Environment. “Because the discipline is always changing and developing, it has to morph in order to stay on top of what is going on.”

It's a mantra that has .... MORE



INTERIOR DESIGN EDUCATORS COUNCIL | 2012 SUMMER NEWSLETTER
by Grazyna Pilatowicz & Nora Rubinstein

SHIFTING THE WAY PEOPLE THINK: RESEARCH-BASED SUSTAINABLE INTERIOR ENVIRONMENTS FROM FIT/SUNY’S GRADUATE PROGRAM

Developed at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, the Master of Arts in Sustainable Interior Environments (SIE) welcomed its first cohort of students last fall with the goal of building a holistic vision of sustainable design practice. The program was developed for established design professionals to think critically about the manner in which their work can have a lasting impact and how they can create meaningful, equitable places through a cradle-to-cradle design process and commitment to the triple bottom-line of environmental, social, and economic responsibility.

Based on the premise that sustainable design must be integrated spatially and conceptually across the professional disciplines, faculty represent interior design, architecture, ecology, psychology, engineering, chemistry, and historic preservation, and other fields. They model a .... MORE



ECO BUILDING PULSE | JUNE 27, 2012
by Fernando Pages Ruiz


A NEW SUNY SCHOOL FOR SUSTAINABLE INTERIORS

The State University of New York (SUNY) has created a new Masters of Arts program at its Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), to instill among its students--interior designers, architects, facility planners, and managers--“a holistic vision of sustainable design practice,” says Grazyna Pilatowicz, assistant professor and chair of FIT’s new MA program in Sustainable Interior Environments.

“The curriculum was developed to guide students in synthesizing applied skills in behavioral research, inclusive design, indoor environmental quality, chemistry and specification of materials, as well as to build their expertise in design’s impact on human health and the health of the local and regional economy .... MORE



METROPOLIS BLOG | MAY 2, 2012
by Stefanie Krzyzamiak

 

RESEARCH MATTERS!

Last summer, a small group of 10 design professionals enrolled in FIT’s MA program in Sustainable Interior Environments. But our journey began months before, as each of us was contemplating the idea of starting graduate work in sustainability, asking ourselves: Why do we care? And what can we do about it? For most of us this was to be a career move, driven by our strong conviction that there must be a more responsible way to design and build. The urge to find answers we could believe in and practice these every day is what brought us together. The program began with some healthy debates over the societal impact of design. These discussions exposed both our commonly held and conflicting ideals of sustainable design. During the first semester, our assumptions about sustainable design were challenged and we understood that simply taking a stand for the environment and the people who live on the planet is not enough. Design lives within a context that .... MORE


METROPOLIS BLOG | APRIL 9, 2012
by Michael Wickersheimer

 

INTERIOR DESIGN RESEARCH

As designers we are constantly asking questions, both large and small, general and specific. Who are the users of a space? What kind of design will provide them with a functional yet beautiful interior environment? When can those tiles be shipped? How long is it going to take them to get here? Where can I find some inexpensive reclaimed wood for a client asking for sustainable building strategies but doesn’t want to spend a lot of money? To answer these questions, we perform what we think of as research. We make some phone calls or log onto the Internet to find the information we seek – often with wildly varying degrees of success. To address the bigger questions, we consult programs and meet with clients and users and delve into our own creative pasts to develop design solutions that are uniquely suited to a particular .... MORE


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