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    Please submit your ideas for earthquake disaster recovery at Issue + Design. We accept your submission until November 20th, 2011.

    For those of you who are interested in ideas have earlier come up from our issue + design competition, I would like to introduce one idea called Dekimasu Zekken. The term means "(I)-can-do race bibs." The idea came from one of our contestants from earlier competition, which theme was about lives in evacuation centers.

    Dekimasu Zekken, is basically a simple set of papers, which comes in four different colors to distinguish major skill sets in disaster areas. These bibs, once placed on the back of the volunteer staffs, smoothens communication between volunteers and disaster victims, or among volunteers who need to work together.

    Although many evacuation centers have completed its function today, the runner bibs can still be downloaded online, available for any individual or institutions, which find this useful.

    Recently, Dekimasu Zekken was awarded at Good Design Award 2011, as the jury recognized its simplicity and effectiveness in the disaster area.

    This time, the competition is to envision how design can help the community affected by the earthquake and tsunami. For those of you with you who come up with good ideas, the submission format is very simple: please share your ideas here.

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    Please submit your ideas for earthquake disaster recovery at Issue + Design. The entry is until November 20th, 2011.

    A Pot That Tied A Local Community

    This is a photograph of a large, metalic pot in Kesen-numa city, Japan.

    When a great earthquake and tsunami hit Tohoku region of Japan, most utilities, from electricity, gas, to water, ceased to work. Depending on the location, the recovery of these utilities took weeks. While it seems impossible to live in such a condition, this local family in Kesen-numa City, who lives in a 200-year-old traditional house, which is nearly impossible to find in Japan, was exceptional as it was equipped with alternative means: they took water from the mountain stream, and boiled for drinking tea and cooking food. The pot was the center of community kitchen and dining space.

    While many of our large infrastructure ceased to work, local communities reinforced their ties and helped each other to cope with the lack of supplies and information. And as we overcome the immediate, short-term emergency situations, the more fundamental and long-lasting recovery, with an involvement of local residents, become crucial.

    How can design unite a local community? How can it support the recovery as the recovery plan involves the community members, from children to elders, to participate in the process?

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    A photograph of taxis in Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, Japan.

    Japan is a country where trains typically operate in a punctual manner. When trains are delayed, there will be an announcement by a conductor apologizing for the delay and why the delay happened. However, when you go to the devastated areas of 3.11, you will see local trains are located in middle of nowhere, without moving an inch since the day tsunami struck.

    Theme: social infrastructure

    The devastated areas are predominantly fishing and farming areas. The populations have been aging and declining in number for a long time, and public and community support services have been struggling to meet their needs. And with tsunami impacting everyday transportation, local administrators worry that this tendency will accelerate in coastal, rural areas.

    With that in mind, how can design improve the lives of elderly, lonely or disabled people by improving the support of medical and welfare services, or improving their integration and access to other city functions? Also, what can be designed to reach these populations with effective announcements and communication of local disaster prevention and recovery information?

    Social infrastructure is one of five themes we Issue + Design committee is seeking for design ideas. Ideas can be from any industry, and we are looking forward to see a global contribution to think what design can do to restore the devastated area in ten years.

    Please visit issue + design and submit your idea...

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    Enter your ideas for earthquake disaster recovery

    Issue+Design is now seeking for design ideas, which will help the restoration in the devastated area in Northeastern Japan.

    The Great East Japan Earthquake took the precious lives of tens of thousands of people, and left coastal towns and villages in a state of devastation. Through this life-shattering event we confronted the violence of nature, and saw the vulnerability of science. At the same time many of us realised the strength of the Japanese people and the value of connectedness.

    As many nations have metropolitan areas and dense populations on their coastlines, the impact and damage that a tsunami can bring is no stranger to any citizen of the world. In addition, natural disasters such as hurricanes and volcanic activities have been affecting many communities across the globe. What did we learn from these situations? We would like to take this opportunity to put together knowledge, experience and creativity to be passed onto those who need them today and in the future.

    Over the next ten years, communities in these areas will begin to overcome the devastation. What kinds of towns, industry or infrastructure do you think will appear by 2020? Consider the challenges they will face in the medium and long-term, and design products, services, spaces or anything else, to meet those challenges. Your ideas will shape the future of these devastated areas.

    For more information and submitting your ideas, please visit competitio...