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Thesis as a solution for some social problem
Hello everyone
I'm a final year student of Architecture. I would like to take up thesis in any topic which will deal with solving any social issue,especially those affecting India.
I would be grateful if you could send me your suggestions.

Thanks in advance
Mubeena Abdul Majeed
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Thesis as a solution for some social problem
Hi I am also looking for the thesis topic which can address the poor people. Regarding ur thesis topic shelter for homeless can also address the curent social issues.
I am thinking to do thesis for pavement sleepers. waiting for comments.
Sabin Shrestha
Thesis as a solution for some social problem
Sabin, Sadly, pavement sleepers in India are an endemic cultural problem with no solution, because if the present pavement sleepers were housed, more pavement sleepers would come to fill the vacant spaces.

Until, pavement sleeping is viewed as unacceptable by the majority of the people in India, then this cultural problem will continue, because there will be no political will for change.
Frank John Snelling
Thesis as a solution for some social problem
I beg to differ with my learned friend Frank.Socio-cultural defination is one of the strong factors that influences architecture.

Several mophologies in architecture are formed by not only the socio- cultural connotations but also is an effort to better humans living condition

In architecture we believe in making space habitable without necesarily advocating for a complete surgery of the existing situation.

It is in my view that the pavement sleepers is really an area of research and therefore factors that deal with space, materials, socio-cultural and economic issues will inform you the areas to be scrutinized.

All the best in your efforts of dealing with this issue.
Mwalyo Ndulu
Thesis as a solution for some social problem
Hi Frank,
Actually a friend of mine was interested in taking 'housing for street children' and our guide discouraged her saying that it is a topic for an MSW student!

Prashant Das

Yes housing for the poor is the first thing that comes to mind, and it is very well a serious social problem in India, but since me and 2 of my friends worked on such a project for the national HUDCO trophy(housing for EWS and LIG!) just 2 months back, i want to do something different.
Please keep your suggestions coming
And thanx to all who cared to reply.
Mubeena Abdul Majeed
Thesis as a solution for some social problem
Dear Prashant, greetings and felicitations, What is a MSW student?

Frederick, my original post stands. Pavement sleepers is a cultural and political issue, not architectural.

In an ideal world where energy and other resources are not a problem, you would still get pavement sleepers in India because it is part of the culture which in turn is due to the hot and dry weather. people who have either flat roofs or courtyards prefer to sleep in the open air, so sleeping outside is part of the cultural norm.

Obviously, people do sleep on the pavements because they have no homes, but as it is part of the cultural norm then if all of the current pavement sleepers were removed and housed. this would only be a short-term solution because more would come to fill up the empty pavements.

Therefore what is needed is a cultural shift away from sleeping in the open air and somehow I doubt that many people in India would agree even if the law was changed to force people to sleep indoors in hot and dry weather.

The bottom line is that I was not trying to put off Mubeena from dealing with this an issue, simply that there is no permananent solution in sight.
Frank John Snelling
Thesis as a solution for some social problem
I get your point Frank.
By the way MSW is Masters in Social Work.like what u said, this is not just an architectural issue its more of a social one...
Mubeena Abdul Majeed
Thesis as a solution for some social problem
I was intrigued by this conversation. Say if a potential client (May be from an NGO?) should come up to an architect and says "hey, can you design a home for street children or housing for the poor" what should the architect do?
should he reject the proposition or take up the project and create spaces keeping in mind the characteristics of the end user?
T C
Thesis as a solution for some social problem
helo mubeena,even i had similar thought in my mind to contribute something to our society. what abt DISASTER MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE,or a NATURE CURE CENTRE,healing n relaxing ppl,through various ways of naturopathy,yoga n meditation,bcoz in this competitive n fast moving world ppl often negelect their health n suffer 4m depressions,stress etc.
if not then home 4 orphange or old age or rehabilitation center might b an option.
regards
pratibha bhatnagar
Pratibha Bhatnagar
Thesis as a solution for some social problem
im 5nal year student of architecture doing my thesis on zero energy housing ru having some stuff regarding this topic
Piyush Verma
Thesis as a solution for some social problem
Pratibha

Nature Cure Centre sounds interesting. What more can you tell me about it?
Mubeena Abdul Majeed
Thesis as a solution for some social problem
hi mubeena,it was my thesis topic..1st of al try to visit few nature cure centers like nisargopichar ashram,urli kanchan,tambe in lonavala..there u ll ve clearity of the topic,frankly speakin its really intesting topic n u can actly draw juries attention..u explain them how ppl can me made relaxed n treated of so many diseases without any medicines n side effects,but totally in a natural way..its more of a landscape project so find out a site in d outskrits of the city with water bodies around,with low rised structure n better to have a scattered planning,giving imphases on pedistrian movement..hey its g8 topic.
Pratibha Bhatnagar
Thesis as a solution for some social problem
Tilanka, Hello there. There will always be people with "warm hearts and deep pockets" who wish to alleviate suffering by doing something direct and immediate.

I must always applaud such efforts, because if enough such actions are done then the purpose enters the bloodstream of the culture and becomes integral.

The only "fly in the ointment" with the above is that such action will take several generations if not more, particularly when the situation is so widespread and commonplace as to be unnoticable (invisible) as a problem.

Here in Britain, we have an NGO called the "Salvation Army". This was formed over 100 years ago in the Victorian Era and is still going. The basis of the movement is people who dedicate their whole lives to the service of others because of their (Christian) religious belief. The Salvation Army has done and does sterling work amongst the working class and only the most bigoted resent their efforts.

One of their early efforts to help the working class poor was try to get them out of the habit of frequenting pubs, because when poor it is easy to drink and to use drink to forget being poor.
Frank John Snelling
Thesis as a solution for some social problem
hi mubeena im mohammed and im an architect graduated end of 2006 from saudi arabia but i live in the U.K. anyway i think the main point for those homless is that all of them don't have shelters and money so the solution for them is to build an indivisual environment for them a popular neighberhood provide a jobs for them such as shops or workshops also build their houses on the top of their shops in that case we can gurantee that they live in their own properties and have their own jobs in the same district.so we bring them in one area and provide all the livinig facilities they need.this picture for a project i did in the issue in al madinah al munwarah near the holy mosque.
Mohammed Ahmed
Thesis as a solution for some social problem
Hi to all
Frank as you told that pavement sleeping is the social and cultural problem. I agree with you but I want to know whether there is any responsibitlity of architect towards society or not. By mentioning about pavement sleepers on previous post I just want to know the architectural solution of this social and cultural problem if any.
Sabin Shrestha
Thesis as a solution for some social problem
Hello all
I found a topic that interests me. Here is a brief:
'Man is a social animal. It is in the human nature of man to socialize. Especially in the youth (age between teens and 20�s), peoples spend more time with their friends than their family- what is called �Hanging out�.
In present time, where are the best places to hang out? Pubs, nightclubs, disco etc which are breeding places of immorality. In today�s �Work hard, Party hard� culture, one craves for some place to relax, and whether one likes it or not, they are led to these above mentioned places because one doesn�t have another choice!
An Alternative Community Centre, as the name suggests itself, is an alternative. A place where all the positive energy of the youth (educated or not) can be utilized in a manner that is beneficial for each individual and the society as a whole'


Comments and Ideas please.
Mubeena Abdul Majeed
Thesis as a solution for some social problem
@Frank,
Nothing much meant.....But i believe each one of us has a moral obligations to make the world a better place.
As an architect I believe its a profession with a profound significant role to play in changing the livelihood.
Mwalyo Ndulu
Thesis as a solution for some social problem
hi to one n all...this is zigma solanki a final yr student.... can sum one elaborate more on nature cure centre....even m confused about selecting topic for my thesis...
Zigma Solanki
Thesis as a solution for some social problem
Sabin and Frederick, I would say that everyone has some responsibility for the culture within which they live, because one`s own actions interact with the action of others and therefore positive actions tend to work with culture whereas, negative actions tend to work against culture.

In an ideal world, everyone`s actions would be positive and not negative, but as humans do not yet live in an ideal world, then even if someone`s actions are always positive then their imput and their inpact upon culture is reduced because of the negative actions of others. There are passive negative actions where people do nothing even though things need to be done and there are active negative actions where people destroy themselves and those arround them.

The whole rationale of any culture is overall what is the proportion of positive actions to negative actions, because unfortunately cultural inertia has a way of maintaining the "status quo" (the usual balance of any system) even when both passive and active negative actions harm the culture.
Frank John Snelling
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