Assignment 1- part 1

19 نوفمبر
2010

After reading the requirements for Assignment 1, our group decided to email the organization directly.

To Whom it Concerns,

We are doing a group project through the College of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The main focus of our project is to research a case study that has a vision of change through the design process. We found your organization through online research and we are very intrigued. My group members and I  are curious about this design. We would love to help promote your organization on our campus and in our local community. Would you mind answering a few questions for us?

-How will you go about managing this organization to keep up with advancing technologies of the medical field throughout the world?
-What is the projected completion date of this building?
-What would be the necessary annual income of donations to keep this organization running successfully?
-Where else do you plan to expand your design projects?
-Are there any substantial problems that you have faced while developing this clinic?

Any other information that you would be willing to share and would be helpful to our project would be greatly appreciated.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Emily Lenke- Architecture major
Jennifer Taylor- Architecture major
Olivia King- Architecture major
Becca Ramia- Building Construction major

We decided to send this email because we want to know more. We asked these questions:

-How will you go about managing this organization to keep up with advancing technologies of the medical field throughout the world?

What qualifies the doctors and advisors of the organization? On the website it mentions that the doctors are part of the    Nicaraguan community. However, how will they ensure that the doctors and medical technologies are up to date? We    understand that this organization is not going to have all of the equipment that countries, like the United States, have      today. How will they manage to run a clinic that supports the healthcare of women and children, while using outdated    ways of practicing?

-What is the projected completion date of this building?

Although the building might be finished on a certain date, the resources that the clinic provides might not be    available until later dates.

-What would be the necessary annual income of donations to keep this organization running successfully?

Although donations of any size are accepted graciously, what is the realistic amount that is needed? What would    happen if they did not reach that amount? The progress of this project is a direct reflection of the economies of global    countries since the donators are located around the world. As the economies suffer, the donation levels decrease and    put a strain on the process. Another thing to consider would be once the building is erected, what would be the    required amount of donations that is needed to keep the clinic running? If they didn’t meet that amount, would they    shut the clinic down temporarily?

-Where else do you plan to expand your design projects?

This project is potentially a great idea. There are other third world countries that are suffering from the same issues in    Nicaragua. Could they spread this design process throughout the world?

-Are there any substantial problems that you have faced while developing this clinic?

The idea of a self-sustainable building involves a large thought process while designing. What is the upkeep with this    technique and how can the community of Nicaragua be involved in repairing any parts.

Besides these questions, we are concerned with what actually goes on in Nicaragua and the healthcare problems, especially with women and children.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXLLyPkBqK4

How will the women bring themselves and their children to the clinic? Is the organization located in a central place for easy access? If few Nicaraguan women can afford the transportation necessary, how can they be helped?

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