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Chapter 1: Introduction

1.1 Introduction

Humanity is at the frontier of industrialization and modernization. We live in a time where there is a boom in human population, where people rely heavily on technology, automation and mass production of goods and services to live their lives. All these developments require the extraction of natural resources such as metals, oils, natural gas Etc. to function properly. As the result of the unintelligent and unsustainable management of these resources by industries, governments, and the people in general, problems such as scarcity, environmental pollution and degradation of the quality of life arises. As the population of the world continues to grow, these problems become an ever growing issue . That is why it is important for a nation to stress out the relevance of integrating green design and sustainability in the Economy, Ecology, Culture & Politics for it is the only way to solve the problems of humanity and to ensure a progressive society and economy. These qualities, when partnered with human intellect and ingenuity, create highly capable people that will advance and mold the nation, and pave the way for a brighter tomorrow.

1.2 Background
The growth of a nation is determined by its economy, society and the amount of resources. The Philippines is classified as a developing country and is ranked as 40th

largest economy in the world by the IMF (International Monetary Fund).Goldman Sachs estimates that by the year 2050, the Philippines will become the 14th largest economy in the world. It is very rich in natural resources but it is very limited. Currently the Philippines is plagued by basic 3rd world issues such as, poverty, high unemployment rate, slow creation of job opportunities, and pollution. The quality of life index in the country is undesirable. It is ranked 44th out of 111 nations in terms health, family life, community life, material well being, safety, security, political freedom and gender equality. These problems arise from the fact that there is a mismanagement in the way we use our natural resources. It is imperative that society learns how to become efficient, because this is the only way it can ensure its survivability. The nation needs to emphasize in "green and sustainable planning" and awareness to create an efficient and smart resource minded economy, a healthier environmental habitat and a continuously progressive society. With all these issues, what the nation needs most are dreamers who dream big and think of new sustainable ideas that would greatly contribute to society. Curiosity, Reason, and Intellect must be cultivated in every citizen especially the youth, for these are the fundamental qualities needed to attain sustainability and national progress. Museums and learning centers are highly social and economic symbols, it sparks a great deal of interest from the public given that it is established in a highly urbanized area where trade and commerce is at its zenith. These types of infrastructures, give a sense relief to people who have problems or find it difficult to appreciate learning new ideas and concepts. Museums accelerate cultural change by offering a totally new experience, it will spawn a new paradigm in the way, social people find recreation.

Society will no longer delve into unproductive activities that doesn't offer new learning experiences. With this notion, a museum will be the most effective tool in bridging sustainable design concepts with human philosophy and way of life.

1.3 Statement of the problem

In the Philippines there is a clear sign of degradation and irresponsibility in the part of our resource allocation and environmental program. This is evident by observing the current state of the country. There is mass pollution in the air, water and ecosystems, particularly in urban areas. The quality of life in the Philippines is very poor due to the unhealthy and unsanitary environment people live in. Also starvation and homelessness plague some parts of the country due to the lack of resources that are available, particularly food and land. All These problems directly correlate to the lack of education and Ultimately, the goal of the project create a national symbol that will develop industrially adept and smart citizens which would lead to strong companies and local government units, which can advance new ideas and innovations in the business industries, create new export markets, enlarge our economic foundations and make our economy more globally competent. Also, the goal is to cultivate the suppressed and untapped capabilities of the Filipino culture and ingenuity. Corporations, Firms, Government Units, and Institutions alike must develop and learn new, significant technical capabilities and attain management wisdom, for these are the traits required for global expansion and competition. All of these entities should

emphasize the Innovation Economy ideology wherein knowledge, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation are the core principles to develop and follow. Basically the industry of the Philippines is fundamentally stagnant. The country has no marketability with Capital Goods in an international scale. Industries in the country are very dependent upon the discoveries and innovations of other nations. This problem also inflicts the government units. Instead of investing more on local and national product developments, the country rather invests its resources in exports from foreign industries. This in no way helps the development of the countrys economy, for it promotes colonial mentality and negates the optimum GDP & GNP advancement. Foreign industries and companies, eliminate the room for local business competition, thus eliminating the interests of the countrys inventive and innovative force. For all we need to do is buy foreign products to meet our needs instead of developing our own to save money and help ourselves. Therefore all the great Filipino minds of our country are suppressed and are forced to give away their ideas to the big industries that are controlling the economy. Our job as a nation requires the economy to fight back and reach the level of its competitors. The project calls for the establishment of a world class Green Awareness Museum that will be one of the most socially symbolic, technologically advanced, recreational and learning center in the Philippines. It will be one of the most globally competent and iconic landmarks in the world and will pave the way for future developments regarding architecture, business, and foreign and local tourism.

1.4 Project Objectives

1. To educate the public on the relevance and impact of green and sustainable planning, and environmental planning to the development of the country. 2. To promote green innovation, environmental awareness and admiration to the public sphere. 3. To promote the integration of green and sustainable ideologies and responsible planning within the Ecology, Economy, Culture & Politics of the country. 4. To stimulate the growth and development of the quality of life, economy and environment of the people.

1.5 Significance of the Study

Museums have become an important part of human culture. They are hailed as social institutions and leisure destinations - sources of wonder and beauty that promote socialization and intellectual recreation. They have become the presenters of new content and play a big role in accelerating cultural and societal change. Museums offer more than just an exhibition of objects, but they convey a sense of time and story that encompasses and relates to human emotions. For a nationalistic and civic status, museums are the patrons of Architecture, promoters of urban renewal and branders of cities and regions. That is why when in collaboration with an environmental and scientific goal, museums become the most effective way to reach out into the public persona to promote change

and development. Museums have high marks on social and economic impact, in comparison with other types of infrastructures, due to its diverse and affluent nature. Designing a museum that relates to environmental and Green awareness is very beneficial to society. Firstly it creates a sense of empathy and urgency on how people will think towards nature. It will teach society to cherish nature and be more efficient in dealing with its resources. It will make sustainability the core value of Political, Economic & Cultural endeavors. It will enhance the lifestyle of all Filipino citizens and improve the Quality of Life Index of the nation. In general the project aims to prioritize the endorsement of green and sustainable concepts and how important these are and how it affects everything in our lives.. Also, one of the main goals of the Green Awareness Museum will be the stimulation of the sustainable capabilities and innovative spirit of each individual, especially the coming generations. The imbedding of a grand system of ideology in their lives that will help them shape and configure of a perfect future. This is what is truly important out of all the aforementioned objectives. Training people, rehabilitating people and inspiring people into becoming 1st class environmental thinkers is all that is truly important. The significance accentuates on the social and humanistic aspect of the nation. The nature of the museum works in synergy with the environmental and urban development of city and the nation. It will aid in increasing the legacy of the city and nation as an intellectual and commercial center with the likes of a Bilbao Effect. Wherein, one success leads to another i.e. grand-symbolic structure leads to notoriety,

notoriety leads to tourism, tourism leads to increased job opportunities, and increased job opportunities leads to economic development.

1.6 Scope & Delimitation

The study amasses with extensive information gathered, particularly starting with the different types of museums, science centers and exhibition centers both on the local and international prospect. Through the case studies of these various examples of structures the researcher will be able to establish its parameters on the design and functions of the proposed project. All the necessary facilities and spaces which support the functionality of the Green Awareness Museums such as, Museum exhibits, Offices, Digital auditoriums and commercial areas are also being studied by the researcher. Further analysis of the site such as microanalysis of the city, weather patterns, efficient road pathways and the immediate environment are also taken into considerable studies. Architectural & Technological innovations that will optimize the design of the project will also be extensively studied, such as Green Technologies and top of the line Informative Gadgetry, because it will pave the way for the latest trend in Modern Design, and because in todays economy, technological innovations are what drive the economy and society of a nation to higher echelons. Also we should consider that Sustainable Architectural Design is the only pathway towards the salvation of the environment and our species.

1.7 Definition of Terms

Bilbao Effect - The exponential creation, appreciation, growth and development of different kinds of economies in particular place, brought about by the establishment of an iconic architectural structure. Exhibits - Objects or collection of objects and specimens exhibited to the public Humanistic - Of or pertaining to a philosophy asserting human dignity and man's capacity for fulfillment through reason and scientific method Industrialization - The organized action of making of goods and services for sale Innovation - The act of innovating; introduction of new things or methods. Globalization The process enabling financial and investment markets to operate

internationally, largely as a result of deregulation and improved communications Green Architecture - is an approach to building that minimizes harmful effects on human health and the environment. The "green" architect or designer attempts to safeguard air, water, and earth by choosing eco-friendly building materials and construction practices. Paradigm - A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality for the community that shares them, especially in an intellectual discipline. Quality of Life Index - is a international rating systems of countries based on results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys to the objective determinants of quality of life across countries. Raison d' Etre - Defined as the Reason for Existence

Reason - is the capacity for consciously making sense of things, for establishing and verifying facts, and changing or justifying practices, institutions, and beliefs based on new or existing information. Science - is a systematic enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe. Scientific Literacy - encompasses written, numerical, and digital literacy as they pertain to understanding science, its methodology, observations, and theories.