Global Now / Week 6

Floating Resource

Paula Wolf

Section: Cope

Global Now: Abstract

Date:  10/4/2012

Source:  http://www.designother90.org/ United Nations

Abstract:

A year ago I saw an exhibition at the United Nations entitled, Design for the Other 90%.  It showcased design that strengthened community without interfering with the roots of a culture.  The Lifeboats of Bangladesh are an example of design that solves a neighborhood-threatening problem.  By using boats as a solution for flood threats, a community is able to continue schooling, farming, healthcare, etc. without worrying about being displaced.  Solar power energy is built into each lifeboat so that the community is not restricted to the standard boat limitations; the boat is able to act like a building with a foundation.  In the reading, Appadurai discusses locality and the idea of community losing its identity by being relocated.  This design plan eliminates this concern and possibly opens doors for other neighborhoods facing similar problems as this community in Bangladesh.

Link: http://www.designother90.org/cities/solutions/floating-community-lifeboats

Global Issue:  natural disaster/ community displacement

Primary Design Lens:  Urban planning

Secondary Design Lens:  Architecture

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