Urbanization New approach

This week we read the report of Brownsville, come up with a new solution for data representation.
An online platform that provides a comprehensive framework and toolset for community leaders to collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data so that they may figure out their community’s most pressing needs in order for it to be presented to decision makers in a convincing and professional way.
We are now reaching out to organizations that have extensive experience collecting data and acting on that data to figure out how community leaders and outreach organizations should go about collecting and interpreting data in order for them to figure out what their community’s most pressing needs are.

Justification of Putting the Audience Through a Difficult Evening

When we look to the past from now, we already know the history of what was going on after that specific time point, we are likely to think ourselves as a prophet and easily judge people at that time.

We are both fragile and self-confident person in some ways. We can’t stand to a simple flaw in our logic line and build-up values. As mentioned in the reading: “There was nothing good or attractive about him, nothing true in what he said. And in my opinion the reason they make that argument is that if Hitler did not love his dog, if he did not ever say anything true, then we know that we all could have seen him for the monster he was.” We are self-confident that sometimes we choose not to believe what demonstrate later is the truth, like many documentations verify that Hitler did love his dog.

The audience at Hitler’s time are persuade by his speeches, thus every feature he owns became a symbol of leadership. From our perspective, Hitler’s mustache and haircut is the symbol of evil. We can’t say Hitler’s followers in nineteenth century were evil people, they just believe in the wrong person.

Urbanization Problem Statement

Our group spent the majority of this week doing more thorough research of our problem space: urbanization.  We familiarized ourselves with the different aspects of urbanization – infrastructure, basic services, transportation, violence & hazards, and connectivity – and did further research into these fields by finding related articles online.  Throughout the process, we’ve been referring back to a PDF sent to us by Tanya, written by UNICEF, that provides a comprehensive overview of urbanization and its many facets.  After research and review, our group naturally gravitated toward the issue of connectivity, highlighted in the UNICEF handbook as a relevant concern, and used the article’s “statement of need” and “prompts” as a framework for our work going forward.

Our problem: Representation.

We are deciding to focus on accurately representing slum-dwellers in data that is used to plan for the future and having them actively represented in government so that they may participate in the planning of their cities and futures.

Articles that we’ve shared and read together over the week:

Street violence and exploitation in slums:
http://pluralsecurityinsights.org/violence-manifested-nairobis-slums/• https://www.pri.org/stories/2015-09-15/mumbai-slum-dwellers-say-i-have-help-stop-violence-against-women
• http://www.reuters.com/article/us-kenya-housing-idUSKBN14I009
Poor disaster preparedness:
• https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/urban-resilience/ideas/community-led-participatory-disaster-management-system-to-reduce-risk-of-fire-hazard-in-urban-slums-of-bangladesh
• http://www.irinnews.org/news/2010/09/21/reducing-risk-slums
Indoor & outdoor air pollution:
• https://anglejournal.com/article/2015-06-protecting-urban-populations-from-air-pollution-in-an-age-of-global-urbanisation/
• https://eos.org/features/urbanization-air-pollution-now

http://reports.weforum.org/global-risks-2015/part-2-risks-in-focus/2-3-city-limits-the-risks-of-rapid-and-unplanned-urbanization-in-developing-countries/
• http://www.academia.edu/3196699/SLUM_EDUCATION_PRESENT_SCENARIO_AND_FUTURE_NEED
http://visual.ly/left-behind?view=true
• https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2738359/
• http://www.uis.unesco.org/_LAYOUTS/UNESCO/oosci-data-tool/index-en.html#en/intro
• https://www.unicef.org/publications/files/SOWC_2015_Summary_and_Tables.pdf


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“Performative Sculpture ” _ 2017 Whitney Biennial

We took a visit to Whitney Museum last Thursday. There are so many attractive works in 2017 Whitney Biennial and I would like to talk about two pieces come from same series that impressed me most – “Performative Sculpture” by Jon Kessler.

The first one calls Exodus, the serious of sculpture figurines came from eBay. They move around a big screen with endless rotation, indicating the Syrian refugee crisis. What made me feel interesting is an iPhone standing in front of the rotate platform and transfer the video to the screen in the center. In the video, the big screen is the main character with the eBay-sourced figurines, reflecting endless scenes of figurines in an endless march, with walking people on the edge of scenes. This simple method really has the magical effect on the meaning of this piece.The mobile phone is indicating the indifferent world and medias, recording what refugees are suffering with little help and voices, the pain that migration brings to them are expand and becoming infinity.


The second work calls Evolution, focuses attention on climate change – the rising sea levels. Two plastic models in snorkel gear take pictures, wearing VR glasses, ignorant of impending danger to human beings, immersing in unreal world with pleasant weather. The repeating image hinted luxury residential skyscraper, reveals even if the effects of climate change displace millions in low-lying areas, those who can afford not to care still choosing to build waterfront pleasure palaces.