SABHA and Astoria Scum River

9 نوفمبر
Bethania Branch of SABHA
Dedicated towards promoting sustainable development in rural India, the Bethania CAS (Community Action Service) Group is part of the parent organization SABHA and is based at the Atlanta International School. A prime example of “Sustainable Design in a Service Environment”, Bethania strives to better the living conditions of those living in the Bethania Orphanage through unconventional means of aid. Instead of funneling money raised by the organization straight into the orphanage, Bethania takes that money and uses it to purchase items that the orphanage can then use to take charge of its own betterment. In the past, these items have taken the form of cattle, seeds, and even a water pump system that has now become indispensible. By altering the design of community service and foreign aid, the dependency cycle is broken and the children that were once receivers of aid can become self-sufficient adults that can then, in turn, benefit their own community. This is Bethania’s ultimate goal.

Taxonomic Categories:
– Sustainable Design
– Community Beneficial Design
– Global Oriented Design

– Relationship between the “donor” and the “receiver”.
– Cyclical relationship between further education and bettering the overall community.
– Return flow of aid from former “receivers” after they have secured careers.

Astoria Scum River Bridge
Art is capable of many things, taking the form of a painting, a poster, or even a small bridge with enough room for a single pedestrian to cross. The story of the Astoria Scum River Bridge is an interesting one and shows how a simple act of designing and then building can set into motion a community response to a problem. By building the Astoria Scum River Bridge, Posterchild and Jason Eppink called attention to a leak that had been left unattended for decades, spilling out water onto the sidewalk that would then freeze in the winter and become hazardous to pedestrians. The bridge was a piece of ironic design, of protesting through “solving”. It fixed through not fixing and it that way it is absolutely brilliant.
Taxonomic Categories:
– Community Beneficial Design
– Protest Through Design
– Unsolving Design
– How to effectively get the problem across to the right people.
– How to obtain the resources needed.
– How to make sure that the same problem doesn’t happen again.

1 Response to SABHA and Astoria Scum River


Blacki Li Rudi Migliozzi

نوفمبر 12th, 2010 at 9:24 م

Approved. Please feel free to move on to assignment 1 with the SABHA topic. It is great that this is a local example, it has the potential of being a strong topic. An easy way to get started on the analysis maybe to contact someone from SABHA directly, maybe make some calls and do a phone interview. It may give you first hand insight into what sort of changes they have faced.

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