MDG Presentation Comments
This blog is an entry for both of the final two blog prompts.
Both of the millenium development goal research projects that I will be discussing in this blog were very well presented and well organized. I was impressed with most of the presentations that I witnessed the past couple of weeks. Not only did the groups provide well thought out information, they also did so in manner that kept the attention and respect of the on-lookers. I learned much more than I thought I would about how these goals are related to architecture and how architects can help in aiding the cause. I just hope that other students took these presentations to heart as much as I did while viewing them.
The first presentation that I will discuss is the group that did their research on millenium goal two. Millenium development goal two addresses the need for primary education. This group gave insight into how this goal can be addresses in timely and affective manner. They focused their research on the region of Mali, Africa. The group chose this region because the country of Mali has a literacy rate of a staggering nine-teen percent. This number is completely overwhelming and needs to be increased as quickly and effeciently as possible. They discussed how architecture can be used to provide shelter for those who are in need of architecture and how it could be done in a affordable and organized way. They also discussed how the architecture can be related to the culture and current setting of the area. For example, they addressed the need for shade and the use of mud brick, which is prevelent in the area. Overall, this group lead an interesting and well presented design on how to address their Millenium Development Goal.
The second presentation that I will discuss was done by the group that addressed goal one. Goal one is oriented around the need to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. This goal is so important because it needs to be addressed across the globe. Every country has some form of hunger and poverty issue inside its borders. It is also a great goal because everyone can give a hand in helping, no matter who or where there are. The region that this group focused on was Haiti. This region is so stricken by hunger that children will often eat dirt and mud to relieve the hunger pains that they are faced with every single day. They discussed how a local organization processed and packaged a form of a chicken rice meal that would be sent to those in need. These meals can then replace the need for children and adults to stoop to such extremes when in need of a source of food.
These presentations, along with the others that I witnessed, really opened my eyes to the problems that the world is faced with. Living in such a privledged region it is hard to understand what the people that face these problems have to go through every day. It is our duty then to do what we can to make a change that will in turn impact these peoples lives and address the problems that the world faces. Architects, as a whole, must find ways in which they can provide aid and give these people facilities that will provide adequate shelter. We must use design in an attempt to make our world a better place.