Throughout my college career my knowledge on sustainability has increased significantly. I remember as a freshman I wasn’t even sure what sustainability was, let alone know how to incorporate it into design. Originally, sustainability was just a word that my teacher used in class a lot, today it is a driving force behind every project we work on. The drive to create a cleaner and healthier environment has changed so much in the architecture and design industry.
There is many existing sustainable products however, the demand for Eco-friendly products still don’t outweigh the demand for traditional products, they can’t compete in price. And, as many people are finding it tough financially, they feel that they don’t have a choice but to buy the cheapest options.Being green comes at a cost! The problem with this is that although people are willing to make a lifestyle or business change to be more sustainable, the average American just can’t afford it. As Eco-friendly clothing and household products debut, corporate America has sensed a moneymaking opportunity.
A wicked problem is a problem that is difficult, or some may even say impossible for us to solve. You may ask yourself why would someone want to try to solve something that’s considered impossible? Its simple, everything once was considered impossible. The ability to push yourself to think out of the box is the first step on the path to solving what you once thought was not able to be done. This differs from a tame problem which has a simple solution.
When trying to decide if a problem is wicked there is six characteristics one must consider: vague problem definitions, variable solutions, solutions have no end point, solutions pose irreversible effects, solutions require unique approaches, and is urgent. A problem is wicked if is fits these characteristics making them difficult to solve using traditional approaches.
Inter-generational responsibility is the responsibility of current generations to educate the generations that follow and to address the negative events of the past as well as encourage improvement. A great example of this is the Industrial Revolution. As discussed in The 11th Hour, the industrial revolution brought improvement to the equality of life, however, it drastically affected our planet. Today we are still trying to find ways to mend the harm caused from this era to our environment.
The Easter Island article depicts what happens when inter-generational responsibility is not upheld. The lack of civilians continuing on traditions and religion ultimately led to the lack of belief and respect in their ancestors culture. Culture is an important aspect to life and design around the world and varies drastically. When we compare today’s generations culture it differs drastically from those of our grandparents. While in the past one of the main focuses for many people was religion, today we have seen many people stray further away from the church due to changing ideological beliefs. Beliefs and culture is often imprinted on us by our parents and if they choose to not expose us to a specific part of our culture than some may choose to resent it rather than embrace it. Culture is an important part of society that can easily die without the people to carry on the traditions.