Living in Poverty Problem Solving

22 نوفمبر
2010

In regards to all the homeless living in Atlanta, and all over the world, we would like to construct housing that’s both functional and aesthetically pleasing. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, these people living in poverty would rather live in an aesthetically pleasing home than an ugly one. Also, the homeless feel more secure, safe, and more part of the community when they live in better looking places. The problem is those nice-looking shelters usually take a multitude of time and money in order to be built. What our group is suggesting is that we make shelters that are aesthetically pleasing, but are also able to be mass produced, via prefabricated parts and an abundance of volunteers to put these shelters together. When we have the materials and manpower to accomplish this task, there will be safer, healthier, and overall better shelters for the homeless to live temporarily, but then escape out of their poverty.

Link to Homeless Dome Site

Homeless Domes, like the one above, can be mass produced, and are aesthetically pleasing. The only problem is that there is no sense of community.

4 تعليقات to Living in Poverty Problem Solving

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ShabiG

نوفمبر 22nd, 2010 at 11:52 م

I’m sorry I take back my first comment, that was misplaced.

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teamAWESOME

نوفمبر 22nd, 2010 at 11:59 م

Oh. Well, I renamed this and put another post up with the 6 questions. Is it ok to leave both up?

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ShabiG

نوفمبر 23rd, 2010 at 12:47 م

yes that looks great.

Also, please upload your research findings as well as your findings from your field research.

Additionally, don’t finalize your concept yet, let this remain as one idea. Continue brainstorming alternate ideas and please upload your brainstorming activities as well.

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ShabiG

نوفمبر 25th, 2010 at 2:12 م

Before your team begins your field research, I will suggest a few things. First of all take a look at the power point that I presented on Innovation: http://rand.gatech.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/What-is-Innovation1.pdf. This will give your team a good idea of what type of information you want to gather through research. You can take a few approaches to this research. You can perform observational research, interviews, or document your own experiences, or as a group you can do a combination of all three.

To perform observational research, you would want to pick the right setting and the right time to go to an area and watch how people act and use the space. In doing this activity all you are doing is watching, taking pictures, and taking notes on what you see.

Your team could also interview some people. You can choose to interview people who are disabled, as well as experts. In interviewing people make sure that you use open ended questions, and focus on asking people questions about their experiences, try and stay away from asking them directly if they like your idea or asking them to provide you with a solution. Most people are not trying to solve the problem you are so they are not thinking about it all the time, and are not very good at articulating potential solutions. That is what you guys do as designers. The research should be used to identify the problems and learn more about the experiences people go through.

Lastly you can simply document your own experiences. Your team can plan an activity. Your team would then document your entire experience, pain points, things that worked well, ect.

Through the research, Capture what people do, how they behave, document other objects that are involved in the experience, document the environmental characteristics that affect the experience, document the messaging and signage that helps guide people, document the services if any that are being provided as part of the experience. Additionally document your own personal experiences, how did you feel, were you confused, stressed, where did you look for answers, ect

The more you document the more insights your group can gather which will lead better brainstorming and ideation.

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