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 ideas.