Acupuncture and the Power of Architecture: a center for cooperative agriculture exchange
Shannon, Carleigh Tyler
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M. Arch) -- Architecture
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Architecture
Includes bibliographical references (pages 136-138).
"Architecture is a structure’s ability to make a visitor feel an intended emotion: through the combination of space and form an architect poetically dictates movement within. If this stands true than why do buildings lacking architecture exist? Why does the global community allow poverty stricken countries to live amongst rubble and dust? The twenty-first century stands as a century driven to disciplined design and the development of a strong global society. So why do we allow perhaps those most in need of architecture to fall by the wayside? The need for architectural solutions span further than developed countries. It is perhaps even more pressing in developing countries to stand as a beacon of progress and momentum towards the future. Architecture can set the stage to assist in the healing process of a country. When a country’s flow of life energy is blocked, how does it heal? Deriving from the concept of acupuncture, architecture can provide the opportunity to act as a series of needles to points and restore the flow of a region’s life energy. This concept is especially relevant in poverty-stricken and war torn countries, if the opportunity to recover is not presented, how will it? By establishing an architectural solution to a local problem a region can begin to feel the first waves of alleviation to the blocked meridians. Before the mass genocide in 1994, Rwanda was a little known agrarian country in Africa. Seventeen years after the murder of nearly 1/10th of their population, Rwanda is emerging as Africa’s success story. With their reform-minded culture, Rwanda has developed a vision to alleviate the need for global monetary influence and achieve their goal of creating a thriving private economic sector. While focus is on alternative methods for an economical export, Rwanda recognizes that without reform to their largest current export, agriculture, they won’t be able to sustain as a country. The establishment of a cooperative center for agriculture exchange will provide the needed opportunity to alleviate pressure from 'blocked meridians' in Rwanda. Through the integration of agriculture, education and infrastructure, the opportunity will arise for the exchange of knowledge and economic redevelopment that will benefit all Rwandans."
Keywords: agriculture, sustainable farming, education, Kigali, Rwanda, Africa
CHAIR: Ngo, Huy
PDF (138 pages): illustrations (chiefly color), maps, plans
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