In the film Guns, Germs, and Steel, professor Diamond from UCLA discussed about his view toward the inequality of today’s world in different countries. Professor Diamond traveled to Nevini in the first part of the video and talks how the people in Nevini impressed him so much by their adaptability, skills, and smartness. Because of that, he can not find the answer to the inequality of their country comparing the the U.S. After his exploration and thinking, he talks about how hunting and gathering requires many elements like time, skill, and climate. On the other hand, Farming and domestic animals are so much more predictable and controllable. Therefore, it were able to produce enough food for large population and that leads to bigger society. On the second part of the video, “conquest”, he explains the self-center of human kinds and discrimination that all humans have creates this inequality. As humans put themselves in a group because of their pride in their nationality, we treat people base on them being in a different “group”. I think this is a strategies to make citizens more patriotic, and that the leaders used to make their population stronger and bigger geographically. Because of this self-centered thinking in everyone’s mind, it creates inequality, the group that had better natural resources will not use that to help the others, but instead, they use the resources against them to conquer more resources and land. In my opinion, there will always be inequality in our world because humans naturally selfish and self centered.
As a student in architecture major, sustainability is one of the important consideration when designing a building. However before taking this class, my understanding of sustainability are only on using passive strategies or high technology to reduce the use of air conditioning and using sustainable materials. After taking this class, building renovation and designing buildings with multi uses are much more important than what i have learned so far. The reason being is that by using those strategies will only decrease the speed of degenerative cycle, and what architects need to do is to turn the cycle in to a regenerative system, which requires not only reduce the carbon footprint of the buildings but preventing the demolition of buildings. In my career, i will focus on preservation and renovation of buildings, integrating sustainability in to the old buildings, instead of demolishing old building to replace it with “sustainable” green building.