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New York, United States

Member since September 08, 2008


  • Intersection 2

    Well-being

    2nd-drawingb_177_

    iboughtashelter.com

    For this week's intersection, I added a profile of the tent to better show the bamboo structure, an example of a common connection, and a detail of the tarp where strings threads through the grommets and tied onto the bamboo.

  • Mapping

    Environment

    Mapping_177_ From upper left corner, clockwise Bel-Air by Mathieu Lehanneur Indoor Natural Air purifier Formal A medium sized body made of Pyrex glass and aluminum (white) encapsulates a living plant. A small fan extract clean air out of the capsule Functional purifies polluted air with the leaves and roots of a plant, as well as the humid bath in which it is planted. Ethical A natural air purifier, but not necessarily eco friendly due to the use of material and parts (ie is the aluminum recycled? Is the fan really necessary?) Cost seems awfully expensive for what is essentially a mobile greenhouse however, this concept is worth further studying because you integrates one of the most vital aspects of Mother Nature into a beautiful and sterile looking (in a good way) object. Solar Harvesting Textiles Formal soft, woven textile material: thin film photovoltaic Functional acts as an organic solar panel; generates energy Ethical Eco-friendly Cost currently very expensive to produce, however it can be easily modified without a manufacturing process I Bought a Shelter Formal white waterproof tarp covering a bamboo structure size is customizable Fuctional provides a temporary shelter to victims of the Sichuan Earthquake very effective in keeping the interior dry Ethics Bamboo is locally sourced Somewhat effective in helping the victims, but in a smaller scale due to the nature of the project Cost cheap: about $75 depending on the shipping and...
  • bibliography

    Well-being

    Sichuan Earthquake

    "Durham University; Major flooding risk could span decades after Chinese earthquake. " NewsRx Health & Science 28 Sep. 2008: 182. Research Library. ProQuest. New School Digital Library. 28 Sep. 2008 <http://www.proquest.com.libproxy.newschool.edu/> The article points out the geographic changes due to the recent earthquake in Sichuan, indicating an increased risk of flooding and major power shortages in Sichuan over the next few decades. It also suggests the authorities to consider relocating the citizens as well as re-routing roads.

    "Sichuan Hongda at 70 pct capacity as earthquake reconstruction progresses." China Business News (Sept 25, 2008): NA. General OneFile. Gale. THE NEW SCHOOL. 28 Sept. 2008 <http://find.galegroup.com.libproxy.newschool.edu/itx/start.do?prodId=ITOF>. *There is still a significant need for temporary houses. The head of the foreign liaison office of the Communist Party propaganda department in Panzhihua city predicts that more than 10,000 tents are needed. It also provides further information and status on the survivors. *

    Hennock, Mary. "Thanks for the Offer, but . . ." Newsweek 152.5 (2008): 7. Article describes China’s perspective of accepting philanthropy from foreign countries. Related issues such as NFP and NGOs in both China and other countries are also discussed

    Li, Li. "Out of the Valley." Beijing Review 51 (2008): 18-19. Social Science. Wilson Web. This is...

  • NFP

    Environment

    Sichuan Earthquake Architecture for Humanity http://www.architectureforhumanity.org/ Architecture for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crisis and brings design services to communities in need. We believe that where resources and expertise are scarce, innovative, sustainable and collaborative design can make a difference. By tapping a network of professionals willing to lend their time and their talents to helping those who would not otherwise be able to afford their services, we support community development, help communities rebuild after disaster and provide pro bono design services to community partners around the world. Through the power of professional design, we build safer, more sustainable and highly innovative structures--structures that become assets to their communities and ongoing symbols of the ability of people to come together to envision a better future. Our vision is one of a world where designers innovate globally to build housing, schools, clinics and other essential infrastructure locally. We believe that this can be achieved not by replicating a design that was successful in one situation in another, but by encouraging locally-inspired designs and by enabling these solutions to be shared and freely adapted by all. To realize this vision, Architecture for Humanity created the Open Architecture Network, the first site on the Web to provide access to open source architectural plans. ...
  • Intersection: www.iboughtashelter.com

    Environment, Industrial Design

    Intersection-main-image_132_

    www.iboughtashelter.com

    “I Bought a Shelter” is designed specifically to aid in the Sichuan earthquake. The main structure consists of locally sourced bamboo that is split and then bound together to form overlapping hoops. This structure, both lightweight and strong, is then covered with white durable woven and laminated polyethylene sheeting. Images: building process http://www.iboughtashelter.com/wp-content/uploads/wppa/2.jpg, http://www.iboughtashelter.com/wp-content/uploads/wppa/1.jpg, http://www.iboughtashelter.com/wp-content/uploads/wppa/59.jpg, http://www.iboughtashelter.com/wp-content/uploads/wppa/62.jpg, http://www.iboughtashelter.com/wp-content/uploads/wppa/38.jpg, http://www.iboughtashelter.com/wp-content/uploads/wppa/65.jpg Bamboo structure http://www.iboughtashelter.com/wp-content/uploads/wppa/74.jpg, http://www.iboughtashelter.com/wp-content/uploads/wppa/76.jpg, http://www.iboughtashelter.com/wp-content/uploads/wppa/79.jpg

    The two ends of the tunnel are kept open for better ventilation. To prevent rain from entering, a ring of gutter is dug into the ground surrounding the shelter. Based on their recent three-month assessment on the shelters that are being used, it seems like the design is generally successful in a sense that it has been used in one way or another. However, there were also numerous complains regarding its size and weight. Image: scale of shelter http://www.iboughtashelter.com/wp-content/uploads/wppa/124.jpg Interior of a shelter http:/...

  • Sichuan-pix_132_

    Sichuan Earthquake

    • May 12, 2008
    • 7.9M
    • Epicenter: Wenchuan (60 miles northwest of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan)
    • 69,277 dead, 374643 injured, 17923 still missing (as of Sept 22, 2008)
    • 4.8 million homeless (possibly more)

    Current Products available

    • Hygiene kits (various NFPs)
    • School bags with books and supplies (from Shelter for Hope)
    • Temporary shelters (various NFPs)

    Premise

    • Disasters are inevitable. When it happens, people should be equipped to cover the basic needs
    • I plan on taking the Sichuan Earthquake as the most recent case study and develop products that can be used in unfortunate times like this.

    Who is Most Affected?

    • Those who live in the area where the disaster struck

    NFP

    • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
    • Shelter for Hope
    • Unicef
    • Hands On Disaster Response
    • Relief Web
    • World Vision
    • Sichuan Quake Relief
    • Local Chinese organizations

    Next Step

    • look for existing products that have been used in other situations and see how viable it is in other types of natural disasters
  • Stray_animals_177_

    I was looking through the blog and realized that mine is not here! I'm not sure what happened, but here it is, with some changes after our Monday meeting with Rick and Linda.

    Stray animals in Taiwan

    The Problem

    • The issue has been around for a long time
    • There are many organizations and individuals who try to help, yet it seems like very little has been done
    • Stray dogs can be found everywhere. There are numerous cases where the dogs would attack pedestrians and are then brutally put down.
    • There is also an issue with animal abuse, and even dog slaughtering (for the meat.)
    • Larger breeds are more likely to be abandoned due to the size and level of care they require
    • i.e. In recent years, owning a golden retriever became the hottest trend. Many opportunist breeding farms started inbreeding. This resulted in many birth defects, most of which is located in the pelvic bone area. These birth defects are incredibly hard to treat, if at all possible, and also very expensive. There has been an increase in the number of stray Golden Retrievers.

    Initial Ideas

    • A line of products to aid in the process of capturing animals that is safe for both humans and the animals
    • Easy to set up shelters for the individuals who have unofficially “adopted” these animals
    • Cooperating with pet stores to raise awareness in the level of commitment it requires to keep a pet.

    Premise

    • There seems to be a lack of commitment to look after these dogs

    Who is Most Affected?

    • The animals
    • The general ...
  • Pic2_132_

    Group members: Areum Joo, Emily Kim, Hironao Kato, Nicole Kung

    Project: Recoup Student: Jiyeoung Lim Problem: E-waste Irresponsible consumption and unsustainable product life cycle Mission: to lengthen lifespan of mobile phones NFP: Collective Good

    Strengths

    • The concept pinpoints a specific area of e-waste (cell phones)
    • Reuse, reduce, recycle
    • Designed to fit the general mass market

    Weaknesses

    • Solution ➢ Over complicated ➢ Very expensive to develop as an actual product ➢ Requires a redundant amount of transportation resource ➢ Cell phones are of incredibly high technology Parts are likely to be outdated by the time it reaches the manufacturers ➢ Not appealing to for-profit companies
    • Material ➢ Wood: issues with durability, sustainability, and conductivity. What happens to the plastic shells of used cell phones? ➢ Circuit board unlikely to be reused

    Proposed idea

    • Problem with current project ➢ Too expensive and difficult to manufacture ➢ Does not actually solve the issue regarding e-waste ➢ The design feasibility is questionable

    We recognize that Jiyeong’s main goal was to create an alternative use of e-waste. To help actualize her vision, we have broadened our scope to all types of circuit boards in addition to cell phones. Currently we have very limited resources to safely dispose of circuit boards, therefore we propose to up-cycle the e-waste into architectural material. With this solution, we hope to develop various means of tran...

  • TWIST

    Well-being

    For-web_132_

    Personal

    Imagine the place where you spend most of your time each day. Where is it? Home

    What is your #1 vision for change that will make it that way? always neat and tidy

    After you #1 thing happens, how will everyone benefit? helps me to be more organized and sets my mind at ease.

    Give some examples of what you can do (on your own/with a group) to make your vision a reality. understand what system works best for you, in terms of level of maintenance, functionality, and feasibility.

    Neighborhood

    What is your #1 vision for change that will make it that way? to see a real recycling program in action

    After you #1 thing happens, how will everyone benefit? reduce our eco footprint

    Give some examples of what you can do (on your own/with a group) to make your vision a reality. Contact owners and superintendents of each building and store, work out a realistic system that maximizes efficiency for janitors and ease of use for tenants

    Country

    What is your #1 vision for change that will make it that way? A more time-efficient health care system in Canada

    After you #1 thing happens, how will everyone benefit? Patients can be treated in time, rather than waiting six months for an MRI

    Give some examples of what you can do (on your own/with a group) to make your vision a reality. Understand the system better Contact regional health care board members and health-related organizations.

    World

    What is your #1 vision for change that will make it that way? Green airplanes in action

    ...

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design