02 Julio 2014

‘Next Big One’ International Open Ideas Competition

‘Next Big One’ is the 2014 disaster resiliency project organized by the Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter. We are calling upon the design community to offer fresh perspectives and innovative ideas in rethinking how to design for disasters.
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‘Next Big One’ International Open Ideas Competition
‘Next Big One’ International Open Ideas Competition
The objective of this single-stage open-ideas competition is to propose an innovative design solution that can mitigate natural disasters while simultaneously providing community permanence; rather than a disaster response or recovery plan.

Proposals should create innovative solutions to resolve the conflicting requirements in the design of the multi-hazard risk combination of earthquakes and tsunamis. For example, an elevated floor to accommodate flooding may become a “soft storey,” detrimental in an earthquake. How can a community remain “resilient” by either returning to its original or near-original state, or maintaining its performance after a disaster? The design can be any component of a city comprising a community aspect, and also exemplifies innovative disaster preparedness.

The following are questions to prompt brainstorming and should not limit your ideas:
• How can buildings, infrastructure, and landscapes dissipate seismic movement or wave action?
• How might energy be harnessed from natural disasters?
• How can food production be sustained by adapting to urban surroundings?
• How can the economy be maintained to ensure livelihoods before and after a disaster?
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