Putting it All Together


All of the topics we have been researching over the last month and a half fit together in a whole system. We've found that each part compliments another, and that most topics support another in some shape or form. We've also found that there are aspects of each topic that can be approached from a design, business or engineering perspective. When we take all of these factors into consideration we gain a better understanding of the system at play in Longido.

The project itself is rooted in water collection. We've used this as a starting point.

Water heavily influences health and agriculture, which tie back together in nutrition and food. Health can branch off into sanitation which ties back into water by means of toilets, wash stations and water sanitation. Health also includes waste and garbage management.

Waste and Garbage present opportunities for design and business projects. On a micro enterprising level , people can create jobs through collecting, sorting or re-purposing garbage andrecycleables. From a design perspective, we can consider how garbage may be repurposed as building materials in our own prjects, or how our projects may create waste or contribute to the waste issue (in either a negative or positive manner). We must keep environmental sustainability in mind during every step of our project.

Both health and Agriculture lead us to questions about education. Education about proper sanitation and nutrition needs is key for the project to be successful. We must understand their own understanding of these topics. Furthermore, we should know about the education standards of children on these topics. In relation to education and children, arises the topic of play spaces and playful learning.

Play spaces and community spaces are related to each other. Community spaces tie back into agriculture through community gardens and community market places to sell excess produce and food. Excess food production through efficient agriculture ties into business and micro enterprising.

Overall, we must understand Energy. Where does the energy they have access come from and how will our projects be powered? Will they use energy? will they create energy, and how will this energy be fed back into the system? From questions on energy, we have projects around lighting. Lighting indoors and in community spaces is very important. Lighting costs from kerosene are high. Lighting is important for studying, which ties back to a child's education.

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