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Design research is a fundamental principle in the design process to understand the history and phenomenology of people and their built environment. As Frank Lloyd Wright stated, "I never design a building before I’ve seen the site and met the people who will be using it."
I am currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Design Sociology at IPFW to analyze the interaction of culture and society with architecture and design. Before going back to graduate school, I was working at Perkins + Will in Chicago as an interior designer after receiving my BA in Interior Design from Purdue University.
Location Education Transportation = Success. We need to provide equal opportunity and accessibility to all citizens by taking advantage of the resources and technology we already have to save money and energy.
I really like this idea! There aren't enough positive/creative/helpful mentors currently in any part of the work environment, and by having people volunteer means that they are making a personal choice to make a difference instead of people that are forced into being a mentor for young people at the entry-level position. This might be a great concept to integrate into organizations such as IIDA, ASA, etc., so that graduating students or entry-level workers can find mentors directly linked to their area(s) of study.
I think the concepts submitted are extremely technologically innovative. However, there are still a lot of people that don't have access to technology (i.e.: cell phones, IPADs, etc.) I believe we should take advantage of the resources we already have to save energy and money. For example, use language learning centers on voting day for those who don't speak the language. They already have the resources and translators. Also, cities could provide free public transportation on voting day. Most importantly, I believe society has lost interest and understanding on how their vote really counts, so providing education through local newspapers and online resources is key to inform the public. We sometimes forget that voting is a part of our expression of freedom, so we should really be celebrating this right and opportunity.