Simple Designs to Save a Life (Assignment 9)

Amy Smith, an MIT Engineer has tackles on how to create safe and efficienct burning sources while cooking. Surprisingly to both the audience and my self, she mentions that the methods of burning used widely before hers were the number one cause of death in children due to what they had to breath in. Whether it was the charcoal in Haiti or cow dong in India, Smith set on a path of fixing and improving their ways. The purpose of this video was to realize and understand how to make use of materials already existing around you in order to make great designs. Designs that are easy to follow and can be repeated for others in communities. However, it does make me question the longevity of these new designs and how they can be further improved. Are they still methods that are able to be used today? How can we teach the communities to come up with their own “simple designs”?

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