Can we really make a difference?
The three project selections I had for this project are 1) To achieve a universal primary education, 2) Eradicate extreme poverty, and 3) to ensure environmental sustainability. These three things, I believe are some of the most important problems in the world today and should be considered by everyone, especially architects and designers. But then again can we really make a difference? Can a simple design be considered a solution to extreme poverty and hunger?
How could architecture and design possibly help this?
Many of the courses focus on this idea of how we as designers can help the world around us just by designing something. In all honesty I find this hard to believe. Yes, designs of areas even governmental systems can help a situation, but to what degree? I don't think that a design of a building can help feed someone. I don't think that just building a new school will help children better their education. I think that it is much more than that. I'm not trying to be a negative person about building, afterall, I want to be an architecture/design student, but lets face some reality here. Its going to take much more than a designer and a few buildings to change this massive problem of education, hunger and poverty. Its going to take governmental systems and a lot of man power in order to accomplish these goals.