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Information Technology
 
Informational Needs
What kind of information resources do architects in the developing
world lack most? What is the most effective way to supply them?
William J. Mitchell
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Response to Informational Needs
I think the developing world lacks the city planning and infratructure background that is essential for successful and long lasting setups. I think they lack examples of developments who have come over these difficulties while trying to keep their history and character. The solution for better equipped architecture in the developing world should not be one of forgetting the past and building the future but rather be a beautiful synthesis of both. And this should not be done at a single building level but rather as a communal movement.
Ozge Nadia Gozum
Response to Informational Needs
The answer to this question needs a moment of reflection. If we conceptually decompose the architectural community in the developing world, one can find that there are four categories:1) professional architects in private practice, 2) architects working in government agencies, 3) academics, and 4) students of architecture. The needs of each group are similar in some cases and vary in others.

Professional architects lack information about good and right architecture; results of architectural criticism and post occupancy evaluation studies. They lack information on international competitions to participate in, information on the way in which professional firms in other cultures operate, and codes of ethics developed by professional organizations in different coutnries.

Architects working in government agencies lack information on good architectural and urban development examples: examples that overcome the contrast dichotomy between planning and architectural professions: the physical city vs. economic and demographic city, how it looks vs. how it works, the architect's master plan vs. the planner's strategic plan.

Academics lack information about courses that go beyond the traditional topics: They need info on architecture for special poulations, the children, the disabled, and the under-represented. They also lack info about courses that incorporate research into design pedagogy, courses that help sensitize students in human and behavioral aspects of the built environment, exemplar design studios that go beyond the Beaux-arts and Bauhaus models--that are based on democratizing the design studio, reducing the power of design instructors (group discussions - community involvement...). In fact they lack a lot.

Students in the developing world lack information about examples of projects that can be rich analogical sources for their design work. They lack information on name architects from the developing world...they only have info on name intl architects. information on architectural schools in the developed and the developing countries is really needed, infromation on how to communicate with other colleagues around the globe...

Actually, the answer is endless.

Ashraf M. A. Salama, Cairo Egypt
Ashraf Salama
Response to Informational Needs
I think it's a statistical study more than a question, and we should take a step back and redefine the information that the developing countries may need. We should think clearly of "who offers what" and "who demands what" we should know where and how, we should redefine the problem. but If we mean by "information" the latest technology and its applications this will lead to a kind of "heading culture" or "media culture" and that keeps the consumer, consumer and improve the experience of the producer. So, I think the developing world don't need this kind of information nonetheless they experience the information it self to interact with data and to analyze the input, the developing countries now or most of it were the civilized world in the past and there was a development of culture and behavior with needs the most important thing is to know the problem definition which leads to the variables required, I believe that the developing countries seek experience more than information

that means that architects in the developing world seek experience what they already know.
Mohamed El-Sibaey
Informational Needs
Basically when you say 'developing world' or the third world ,you must remember that since 1993 the whole world was particularly freed from foreign hegemony but instead they amongst created 'civil wars' and have mostly destroyed the possibility of development. There can be no development with militancy going on !
There is no concession in democracy to let go militants or negotiate with terrorism.
In most bigger countries there is Military Rule that defends the former US Protégé Regime rule .
Just today the Pakistani Peoples Party regime leaders decided to support The Military Junta .You can call it coming home for the Leader of the Peoples Party that announced a 'written constitution' and exploited the term 'Islamic' until organized terrorism was portrayed to distract public attention by bearded war scavengers and other plastic behaviors. http://shahzadasher5.blogspot.com The 1793 Written Constitution that created a vast confusion by closing down small hashish/opium outlets at the rise of ��western hippies�� and inducted its employees into The UNO for the sake of curbing what they took control of through street mafias themselves, until they also needed to divide or bridge a greater barrier/bridge between rich and poor .
The written Constitution and its reforms also led in city Developers the officially destroyed further development and created chaotic lanes and unauthorized anti-environmentally secure housing and blocked the sanity of modern development, until the water below the cities was attacked by the 'development authorities' and common leakage in sewers below ground poisoned and the water poisoning is schemed and well understandable but no service or project has yet been delivered to serve 'clean drinking water' free of cobalt ,ground weeds ,and similar filth.
A sketch or documentation of this archtectural/townplanning/civil engineering substandardising has hardly been presented either on state sponsored international television or local TV��s and neither has a book been published about the unhygienic conditions in which publics are being wrapped.
Sher Saddozai
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