THE PROBLEM

       In 2012, the Kôkôjagõti media collective was born out of the desire of the leadership in the Kayapó community of A’Ukre, Brazil to create visual media representing their cultural heritage, to archive existing community media, and to build an in-house solar powered media center. In 2015, our team partnered with the Kayapó People, and together, we have supported the energy, infrastructure, and other needs for the media center. 

       However, the media center has developed issues making it difficult workers of the Kôkôjagõti media collective. These issues include mosquitoes and other insects entering the building, poor ventilation, and holes forming in the paneling of the building. In addition, the growth of the collective has led to a growing need for both physical and data storage space. Thus, the objective of the GAPS Brazil team is to design a new media center that accounts for these factors. The GAPS Brazil team has two focus areas to address these problems for the Spring 2022 semester: Structure and Power.
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Woodcutters in the first stage of media center construction on December 1, 2015

THE SOLUTIONS

Structure 

The structure sub-team is working to design a floorplan, identify materials to be used in construction of the media center, model different feasible designs based on the available materials and the identified floorplan, and identify possible humidity control options for electronic storage spaces in the media center.

Power

The power sub-team is working to identify solutions like solar energy that adequately power the media center and also technology that increases the data storage capacity of the media collective.

OUR WORK

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Creating a Revit model to calculate air flow and lighting

THE TEAM

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Aminata Diop
  • Hometown: Greensboro, NC
  • Major: First-Year Engineering
  • Structure Sub-Team Design Lead
Yaw Yeboah
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Tyler Morgan
  • Hometown: Denver, CO
  • Major: First-Year Engineering
  • Power Sub-Team Design Lead
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Aminata Diop
  • Hometown: Noblesville, IN
  • Major: Exploratory Studies
  • Financial Officer
  • Structure Sub Team Member
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Sarah Pollard
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
  • Major: First Year Engineering
  • Communications Officer
  • Structure Sub Team Member
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Aminata Diop
  • Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Major: Integrated Business and Engineering
  • Project Partner Liaison
  • Structure Sub Team Member
Enzo Pereira
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Nacho Abbondati
  • Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Major: First Year Engieering
  • Power Sub Team Member
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Chrys Kyrkou
  • Hometown: Corinth, Greece
  • Major: First Year Engineering
  • Power Sub Team Member
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Devin B.
  • Hometown: Weehawken, NJ
  • Major: First Year Engineering
  • Power Sub Team Member 
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Felipe Guimaraes
  • Hometown: Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Major: First Year Engineering
  • Power Sub Team Member