• thesis ideas

    Poverty, Environmental Design


    A). Identify 2 possible issue/problem areas for your thesis project that you have passion for.

    -Water in Mexico and Poverty in Africa¬.

    B).What’s the context/understanding you have about the issue/problem?

    -Water is a natural resource for all mankind and it’s the basic need in life but there are a lot of people In the world don’t have access to clean drinkable water due to political reasoning. Such as Mexico, it Is facing serious water problems. Over in Mexico, the majority the families don’t have access of running water and sewage systems in their homes, as well as unpurified water to drink from. If Mexicans don’t start conserving and using it responsibly, sooner or later there won’t be any water left that is purified.

    -Poverty is the principal of the cause of hunger; poor people suffer from agriculture for food and livelihood. The act of improving agriculture is still decreasing, on the other hand the poverty is increasing; and it is transcending the population of Africa. Women over there do not have much rights and education, and that causes a higher rate of having more children with diseases and death, such as AIDs, and HIV. Having disease is one thing having to sell children as slaves every year is a big issue too, some children cant even survived till the age of five and large amount of them are HIV/AIDS positive. Lastly, poverty in Africa is not going anywhere due to the labor work that they have to do and it is the only primary income-earning asset.

    C).Identify initial ideas or existing products for addressing this problem by product design.

    Ecocrete/ http://www.ecocrete.com.au/ http://www.ecocretepro.com/OurProduct.html

    Lifestraw/ http://other90.cooperhewitt.org/Design/lifestraw

    D).What’s the premise/reasoning that makes your solution ideas a viable response to the problem?

    -For Mexico, I would like to design a product for the households, where a transportational product that could conserve water and sanitize it while its in mobile.

    -For Africa, I would like to approach the idea of saving energy through solar panels and it would apply to a product that they wear (garment), so that way they conserve energy during the day and use the energy they’ve collected during the day to do things at night and etc.

    E).Everybody in general and it would make their life easier and productive.

    F). NFP, community, family members of the natives and etc.

    G). My next step is to do more research on my topics and look for NFP that would support my ideas.

  • Hi Thomas, sorry it has taken me so long to get to respond to your postings. so far, I 'm not sure what you are basing your thesis project on, but I am curious. Let me know if you want to brainstorm with me about it. steven

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