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DC Design Week: Design for Disaster Relief

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Presented by Erica Schlaikjer, Founder, Benevolent Media. October 15, 2012. Washington, D.C. "DC Design Week: Design for Disaster Relief," held in partnership with AIGA DC.

Presented by Erica Schlaikjer, Founder, Benevolent Media. October 15, 2012. Washington, D.C. "DC Design Week: Design for Disaster Relief," held in partnership with AIGA DC.


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  • baby cradle for disaster situations and homeless people. If it can be of any help, you can take a look at www.bolaoito.com.br
  • Designing new icons for urban disaster preparedness at an @Iconathon, hosted by @nounproject at @RedCross.
  • Vancouver-based studio Molo Design came up with their concept for an easily adaptable shelter back in July of 2011: their “softshelter” system relies on stretchable expanses of kraft paper that can form soft, pliable grids of personal space that click together with magnets or collapse into a series of flat, stackable forms when decommissioned.
  • Recovers.org is community software that efficiently organizes volunteers, donations and information.We offer subscription plans for Emergency Management, Churches, and Public/Private Partnerships.
  • ICT (Information Communication Technology) support model: Fllowing the earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku region in March 2011, Intel provided laptops with WiMAX Internet connectivitycould provide a lifeline for those searching for loved ones and wanting to communicate with outside world. Short-term: Logon to Facebook, Twitter and Google People Finder. Long-term: collecting news, employment searches, volunteer info, posting words of thanks. ICT support group active for three months.
  • Design consultancy Reboot helps UBL, Pakistan’s second-largest bank, improve the distribution of emergency relief funds through mobile banking services to flood victims.
  • Infoasaid toolbox: diagnostic tools, message library, media and telecoms landscape guides, e-learning course. BBC Media Action, UK AID, Internews Europe
  • Architecture for Humanity D.C. Disaster Response Project: Charrette with the DC Health Emergency Preparedness & Response Administration
  • Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: “Voices of Haiti” tells their stories in a mesmerizing presentation that combines the poetry of Kwame Dawes, the writing of Lisa Armstrong, the photography of Andre Lambertson, and the music of Kevin Simmonds.
  • Disaster Relief 2.0: The Future of Information Sharing in Humanitarian Emergencies analyzes how the humanitarian community and the emerging volunteer and technical communities worked together in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and recommends ways to improve coordination between these two groups in future emergencies. The report was commissioned by the United Nations Foundation and Vodafone Foundation Technology Partnership in collaboration with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and researched and written by a team at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.
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    • 1. Welcome!
    • 2. Next Month
    • 3. Design for Disaster Relief
    • 4. Product
    • 5. Graphic
    • 6. Shelter
    • 7. Software
    • 8. Information Communication
    • 9. Mobile
    • 10. Telecommunications
    • 11. Architecture
    • 12. Multimedia Journalism
    • 13. Technology
    • 14. Caution!Wan S. SophonpanichCommunity Architect, Openspace (Bangkok)“Disastrous Design for Disaster”• unfamiliar technologies• too expensive• raise false expectations• dont follow established standards• inappropriate to local communities
    • 15. Thoughts? Response Recovery Outsiders Insiders With vs. Against Top-Down Bottom-UpStorytelling Design Ideas Action
    • 16. Meet our GuestsARCHITECTURE• Lindsay Brugger, Architecture for Humanity, D.C. Disaster Response Project• RaedJarrar, Architecture for Humanity, D.C. Disaster Response Project• Cooper Martin, Manager, Community Resilience, American Institute of ArchitectsMULTIMEDIA JOURNALISM• Joshua Cogan, Content Creator and Strategist• Jake Naughton, Multimedia Projects Coordinator, Pulitzer Center on Crisis ReportingTECHNOLOGY• Adele Waugaman, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Fellow & Independent Consultant
    • 17. Share:• Case Studies• Success Stories• Failure Stories• Requests for Collaboration