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April 24, 2008


There is a sufficiency in the world for man's need but not for man's greed. ~Mohandas K. Gandhi

From the presentations that I have seen and from doing my own project, I have learned a lot of shocking information. It's actually scary to think about what goes on in our world that we don't realize without researching it. We would have no idea about the deteriorating state of the earth without it being constantly talked about in the media. We would also have no idea of the millions that live in poverty for that matter. After hearing the research people have done and after doing my own I would be lying if I wasn't shocked and overcome with a feeling of guilt.

For this blog I won't focus on poverty, but a topic that is also very important in our world: recycling.


The statistics of the amount of waste produced in our country is mind bottling (like when your thoughts are flying around in your head like they're trapped in bottle - Blades of Glory). The one thing that I am very happy about is our societies sudden urge to take recycling seriously. Products are being made from recycled materials, and they themselves are recycled. Events that draw massive amounts of waste like concerts and other public events are being cleaned up with the trash being recycled. These are actually majors steps in cleaning up our environment.

Another thing thats is nice to see is sustainable developments.


Every one of these that is completed takes us one step closer to creating these communities primarily and actually make a sustainable world. Who knows how realistic that is but I would definitely like to think optimistically. It would most likely take large amount of solar panels and wind generators, there may not be enough room on this planet. We as people that live on this planet definitely need to start taking these hings seriously though. Disastrous changes may not happen to our planet in our lifetime but definitely will in the lives of our children, and our children's children.

April 1, 2008

Possible Titles...

I'm not sure how long this blog response should be, coming up with three titles ended up being harder than I imagined. It's hard to find titles that are interesting, direct, and clever. On the other hand, making them too clever can sometimes come off as cheap and unprofesional so I guess this response is more challenging than I originally imagined...


I think I will try to make each title suggestion distinctly different not to come up with an official title but to come up with the idea we want to follow to find the title that best fits our intentions.

1. Architect-User Designed Low-Income Housing in Pune

At first this title seems wordy and long but it actually accurately sums up the entire project. This would be my suggestion of something direct and to the point. It sounds profeesional but it also sounds somewhat like the title of an article in a newspaper which I don't know if like. Although, something shorter would be inaccurate in describing the full intention of the project.

2. Pratima Joshi: Female Homelessness Solution in Pune

I keep trying to find shorter examples but seem to fall short at every attempt. This title would focus more on the architect Pratima Joshi, but that is not the entire intention of our project. Our project is also interested in explaining how these dwelling units are created in conjunction with the user and they have a major part in the construction and design. I would like to incorporate that into the title because it is what makes our project more interesting and it is unusual for a homeless user to have input on their housing. The other thing important about our project is that this housing is not free and the user is expected to keep it maintained. I just have to decide which of these points is the MOST important because I obviously can't include all of it in the title.

3. Pune Homeless Female Oriented Housing

So far, I may like this one the best. It's between 1 and 3 for me right now. I know it does not explain many of the points I listed above, but I think it has the best feeling after doing the research that we have done thus far. I feel obligated to put the word female in the title because it really is one of the main focuses of the project which i feel is unusual for India. I am leaving out the fact that they are also user designed but I feel it may not be as important although I am definitely undecided on that.