Erica Stine — Urban Terrarium

Posted on July 11, 2012

Erica Stine explores alternative urban environments to address potential needs in downtown communities.

My work focuses on designing spaces to cater to a specific audience and need within a community. This particular project utilizes service design to address potential urban needs for downtown Pittsburgh. It’s not based on logical future predictions but rather serves to suggest an innovative and effective possibility. An urban environment can become a monotonous, depressing, and stark environment to work in. However, exposure to nature allows us to be more productive, imaginative, positive, and of course, happy. This project was an experimental exploration of alternative urban environments and work places. By designing for what the future could be rather than what we think it will be, we can begin to mold that future into a more desirable place to live.

Erica Stine is studying a Bachelor of Fine Art (Industrial Design) at Carnegie Mellon University.

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