Saturday, January 23, 2010

Uniting Designers in Disaster Help Haiti

Uniting Designers in Disaster is an open forum for designers of all disciplines to come together with ideas and initiatives to help address the current crisis in Haiti.

Designers play a big part in such disasters. First, there is some blame to accept because of poorly designed structures. There is much known today about how to build in earthquake zones. Designers will continue to study ways to design in earthquake areas to minimize damage, death and injury in the future.

But, more immediately, many designers are working on designs for temporary housing, methods to supply safe drinking water, medical support, energy resources, and all the other design problems that need to be solved when a disaster occurs.

Fundraising, humanitarian efforts, and other responses are immediately necessary but designers have an obligation to go beyond awareness and sympathy to actually solve some of the problems surrounding such disasters. What kinds of design activities can students engage in to address the disaster in Haiti?

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) is an international organization for professional industrial design. Founded in 1957, Icsid currently counts over 150 members in more than 50 countries, representing an estimated 150,000 designers worldwide. Icsid members are professional associations, promotional societies, educational institutions, government bodies, corporations and institutions — all of which contribute to the development of the profession of industrial design.

Click on the heading above to go to ICSID's Uniting Designers in Disaster page.

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