Second year interior design students recently presented their completed designs for the Poetry Project, a hypothetical re-design of a small concourse within the Chicago O’Hare Airport. This project challenged the students to translate the emotions and aspirations embodied in a well-known poem and translate its qualities into interior architectural space. Students applied environmental psychology principles such as space compression, spatial release, journey, path, threshold and other elements into a space designed to evoke a targeted emotion in airport visitors. The students used hand sketching techniques as well as Sketchup to showcase and explain their solutions. Guest critics included design faculty as well as Dr. Jennifer Wells, Director of the Reading/Writing Center. Other FSU doctoral English students who themselves are immersed in creative writing projects also attended and offered advice.
Lana Elwell interpreted the poem Ozymandias by Percy Shelley in a modern fashion, illustrating the effect of time on architectural space as it descends from a state of order to one of chaos.