Georgia is a small country located in southwestern Asia. Although the country has, many river basins and flood plains to allow for good soil the arable land that are found makes up only at 11.51% of the land. Permanent crops can be found in 3.79% of the land and 84.7% of the rest of the land is used for other things. Georgia has environmental concerns that are unique to them. Concerns consist of air pollution and heavy pollution of the Mikvari River and the Black Sea. Creation of programs to create more hydro power plants are allowing for the progression of alternative resources in Georgia as well as some influence to spread to other countries in the future. These advances in such technology though with continual development will help Georgia in the long run.
Italian Language courses prepared me to adapt better to living and studying in Italy. Prior to living in Milan, Italy for 4 months, I took an Italian course - practiced speaking in conversation, writing paragraphs, and composing sentences. Although many people, including our professors, could speak English, I was able to adapt better to the culture, speak to more of my family members, and read important signs or documents. Being an entrepreneur, knowing more languages, and being able to better work within the growing global economy will help me to excel.
This section is a compilation of some of the written work I completed during my first Italian Language course.
Studying the history of global economic divergence, global poverty, this paper goes through the industrial revolution to understand the divergence among economies worldwide. Understanding the working economy, research dives into how designers have contributed and continue to affect the divergence of the economy. The goal was to understand how to help countries persevere out of extreme poverty. As a follow up there is an economic background research with a case study of a Burma. A design firm, called Proximity Designs, within the nation designs agricultural products to improve their most productive industry. This case study has provided the information and context to understand the inherently interdisciplinary field of design and the importance of interacting within the culture I am designing for.
TeeterWater is a well system designed for rural sub-Saharan African communities. Utilizing a seesaw, major body parts are utilized to maximize efficiency and decrease the energy required to pump water. This solution also promotes the ideals of many indigenous tribes in Africa by encouraging working together and our instructions are graphical representations neglecting the need to translate language. For better incorporation into rural areas, we created a modular system that does not require extra tools or hardware such as nuts, bolts, or screws.
Study abroad was an amazing experience that allowed me to associate what I learned in classes with the architecture, designs, showrooms, and cultures that I was experiencing. Featured in this section are some of the projects I did within my Italian history classes, how they related to current events, and my experience learning and experiencing Europe.
Camino Café was a new coffee housed design for the parks of Italy. We designed our café to take advantage of the wonderful change of seasons in Italy and help Italians enjoy the park all year long. We observed that during the part of the year with nice weather many people would be laying in the park, running, biking, or walking their dogs, but as in most places that seemed to die down once the weather started getting cooler and there were more tourists than locals. There were a few pop-up-shop type food places open during the warm weather months but nothing that accommodated to different climates. We create an interactive fire and multi-purpose, permanent restaurant that would invite local Milanese as well as tourists to espresso, snacks, stores, and friends.
Vit-A-App was a mobile application designed for the theme of the 2015 World Expo in Milan, Italy - Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life! This is an example of the beginning development wireframes for a mobile application that I began to design to help people sort through their refrigerator and design meals based on personalized vitamin requirements rather than calories. Consideration of many different people from around the world had to be takin into account when developing the App.
Research on Mexico, their history and current economic, social, and governmental state, provided a comprehensive background on the many factors effecting Mexico's inequality. This research was later referenced and helped create a better understanding of the position and role of designers and their assistance in improving health inequalities.
Inequalities around the world continue to increase, especially in the area of health resources in rural, impoverished areas. Disease, untreated illnesses, improper nutrition, poor or lack of health facilities, and many other factors inhibit many people around the world from getting the care they need. Untreated, or poorly treated, diseases often result in disabilities or fatalities. This essay studies the factors that are affecting inequality and how designers are contributing around the world to improve the availability of health resources to underprivileged communities.