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March 11, 2008

Ozayrs Crazy.. Look his arms are so hairy!

Will someone please explain to me the reason for these blogs? I have spent hours on blogs 1-5, just to get one of my blogs posted on the big screen in front of everyone else. I don’t know what Saloojee is up to making us all compete like this. Here I am up way past my school-night bedtime, just hours before a huge mid-term in Arch-history, writing my thoughts on a stupid imaginary ‘Internet page’. I come to class everyday on a bus, and walk by poor stuffed animals on the way in an old creepy opera-style lecture hall. The lights are dim and impractically romantic. The prominent T.A.’s sit amongst each other near the professors perfectly positioned podium. A fine-looking T.A. greets the class with a pleasant Mr. Roger performance. The girls giggle with glee. Professor Ozayr, if not already present, walks in bearing books and a curious colored Macbook. The adorable, yet, futuristically-scary picture of Ozayr’s daughter greets the class again on the big screen. About this time “annoying dude? walks in late and sits directly in font of my view of Ozayr, contributing to my discomfort with the space around me. My senses are dulled by the annoying obstacle, and my inspiration from Bruno Zevi rises. Sometimes if were lucky we are graced with momentary brain shutdowns while Ozayr reloads the batteries on his mic. or the light on the overhead seizes to shine. We absorb the words and sounds we here. We deal with distractions: T.A. suspenders, crazy Halloween pumpkins and Dicaprio sprints down TWA terminals. We are told to memorize, idealize, speculate, and articulate, while showing creativity and brilliance. We are asked to reflect our thoughts as people living in an environment. We documented and investigated, through text and image - the idea of energy, flow and transformation through the city. We’ve found social-design issues, documented them, and become advocates for them. We’ve proposed sets of images, quotes and play lists of songs that influence our values. We’ve described real and imaginary places where we weren’t held down by the restraints of the architecture program.

I ask then… “Why now request us to research project layout designs?? Is it a an approach to keep these posts purely hypothetical.? Is there any reasoning behind Ozayr’s madness?

The next day…

After my exhausting mid-term, I have spent many wondering minutes of thought thinking about this blog. I must say Professor Saloojee, you are not as hairy as one would come to suspect. Your methods are as smooth as a baby’s bottom, as clear as H2O, as sure as me at the bar this Friday night. I have come to ask myself only one question based on the content of this class; “Is design political?? In Jennie Winhall’s essay titled Is Design Political? She makes distinct relations between politics and design. She states; “Design is political because it has consequences, and sometimes serious ones. The power of designers is that we can design things to have different consequences? (Winhall, Is Design Political, p. 2).

Can we relate our class project to this? [Is it possible to better select our future consequence based on something as simple as the design layout?]
Never before have I related design with psychological purposes so much.

March 10, 2008

Second Day Volunteering

Today was my second day volunteering at Loring Bethlehem Community Center in Minneapolis. My roll as computer lab coordinator fits well with my job experience in computers. Today i spent my whole two hours browsing lists of kid-friendly websites in an attempt to create a complete list of sites available to the children while in the lab. I browsed many websites including some on personal health. Although most of the sites were .org sites, many of the health related sites also offered information for a wide range of ages. I found that many of the sites that had information for teens and young adults as well as kids were inappropriate for kids under the age of 13. Those sites had information on STD's, safe sex, drugs, tattoos and much other mature content not appropriate for younger kids.

March 4, 2008

The Things We Phénomène (Blog 5)

[The Things We Phenomenon]

Why do personal values of things very so much throughout the world?

People who are exposed to fame and riches through the media eventually want what they see. Even if they are not directly around advertisements or see actors and pop-stars, the influences of other people (friends, admirers, even family), can shape our opinions towards things. In a country such as America, where material value holds much more importance than other countries, we must learn to omit our passions for the biggest and best, and settle for just enough. Right now the major framework of America, seen by others, is not in our political system or our patronage, but our values and beliefs. We must realize that we are in an endless clockwork of valuing the wrong things. When others see life and survival, we see social class and disadvantage. Others value family and homage, while we value our laptops and cars. Others are humble with money, while we brag of our paychecks. Does the word VALUE even have the same meaning to us anymore?

How can we break this lifeless clockwork of American desire?

Shouldn't the phenomenon of life be enough?

Phenomenon- Complex systems comprised of little things. They have a purpose or destination of some type. (Ozayr Saloojee)

Big Bang

Everyday we make decisions.- What socks to wear, What shirt to where, What to have for breakfast, To brush our teeth, To pay bills, To shop.. To go to work.. To go to school..

Wouldn't it be nice if everyone were able to choose?

Everyday throughout the world kids choose to skip school, while some kid may not even know what school means.

This has to change.

The challenges for primary educational development in Africa are reflected, in terms of both causes and effects-

Almost 50per cent of countries may not attain the goal of universal primary education by 2015; nearly 40 million children are not going to school.

Illiteracy among individuals over the age of 15 stands at 41 per cent; gender disparity in education prevails in 75 per cent of countries.

[This comprehensive study of education in Africa examines the state of education in 49 countries and covers the 1998-1999 academic year, providing a snapshot of all levels of education from pre-primary to tertiary. It is published by UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). http://portal.unesco.org/education/en/ev.phpURL_ID=31059&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html]


This website (above) has some information on goals and projections of the Millennium Goal already listed on it, but it shows little information on what they have planned to do about it. I propose a mass brainstorm to help generate ideas for primary education, especially in Africa. If anyone has any ideas of policy that could help lead Africa in the right direction, pleas, feel free to RESPOND TO THIS MESSAGE.