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Globally Local  Design  Networks   “Think  globally,  act  locally,  plan  modestly.”  –  Victor  Papanek  


“We must  design  with  communiEes,  rather  than  for  clients,  and   rethink  what  we’re  designing  in  the  first  place…”  –  Emily  Pilloton   “It   is   not   possible   to   just   move   objects,   tools,   or   arEfacts   from   one   culture  to  another  and  then  expect  them  to  work.”  –  Victor  Papanek   “To  do  good  humanitarian  work  overseas…an  open  mind  and  a  willingness  to  listen  to   the  locals  may  be  your  best  asset,  along  with  paEence  and  ingenuity.”  –  Lisa  Delgado  

“To make  design  more  relevant,  is  to  consider  what  design  issues  are.”  –  Bryan  Bell   “The  only  sound  way  to  solve  the  problem  of  poverty  is  to  help  people  help  themselves.”  –  John  Kenneth  

Importance of  Designing  Locally  


DeforestaEon in  Malawi:   •   PopulaEon  had  grown  from  5  million  in  the  70s  to  14  million  today   •   Most  locals  have  no  electricity  or  gas  and  have  shiYed  culEvaEon   •   Most  local  forest  has  been  cut  down  for  firewood  or  to  build  homes   •   With  forests  gone,  much  of  the  wild  life  has  faded  away  as  well  

Ripple Africa  


How Ripple  Africa  Has  Helped:   •   Developed  a  more  efficient  stove  that  uses  1/3  of  the  wood  it  used  to  take   •   Introduced  micro-­‐loans  for  local  businesses   •   Helped  develop  fish  farming,  beekeeping,  and  vegetable  growing  programs   •   Provided  equipment  for  the  locals  to  opened  community  tree  nurseries   •     Constructed  a  local  healthcare  center,  schools  and  a  community  library  

Ripple Africa  


Lack of  water  in  poor  Indian  communiEes:   •   Poor  rural  communiEes  suffer  the  most  from  scarcity  of  water   •   They  have  lible  to  no  sources  of  income   •   They  may  lack  hygienic  sanitaEon  and  drinking  water  sources   •   They  are  drought-­‐prone  

Barefoot College  


How Barefoot  College  has  helped:   •   RooYop  rain  water  harvesEng  in  schools  with  underground  wells  for  preservaEon   •   Divert  surface  run  off  water  into  unused  open  wells  in  villages  so  that  more  water   percolates  into  the  ground  and  revitalizes  dry  handpumps  and  irrigaEon  wells   •   All  iniEaEves  made  are  for  and  executed  by  poor,  rural  communiEes   •   Trained  over  13,600  men  and  women  as  water  engineers,  handpump  mechanics,   drillers,  surveyors,  chemists,  wasteland  developers,  masons  and  architects  

Barefoot College  


AYer the  earthquake  in  HaiE:   •   Lack  of  medical  services   •   Lack  of  dental  services   •   Rebuilding  and  reinforcing   •   Clean  source  of  water  

Love for  HaiE  


How Love  for  HaiE  helped:   •   Designed  earthquake  safe  structures  and  helped  locals  build   •   Installing  water  treatment  systems  in  several  schools  and  orphanages   •   Setup  medical,  dental  and  mental  health  faciliEes   •   A  team  of  psychologists  have  been  training  locals  to  train  one  another  and  to   hold  seminars  on  how  to  respond  to  disasters  

Love for  HaiE  


What is  Rural  Studio?   •   Rural  Studio  is  an  undergraduate  program  in  the  Architecture  School  at   Auburn  University  in  Alabama   •   ObjecEve  was  to  improve  the  living  condiEons  in  rural  Alabama  while   giving  architecture  students  hands  on  experience   •   From  1994  to  2011  they  have  completed  over  100  projects  for  the   communiEes  in  Hale  County   • Programs  offered  are  3rd  year,  Thesis,  Outreach  and  Wood  Workshop   •   CiEzen  Architect  

Rural Studio  


Network of  Learning  Centers   •   Think  and  be  united  globally,  while  acEng  locally   •   Not  for  but  with  the  local  populaEon  Sustainable:  primarily  using  local/ naEve  resources   •   Design:  buildings,  spaces,  systems,  products,  landscapes   •   LocaEons  in  rural  communiEes  all  over  the  world   •   2-­‐3  year  commitment  per  community  

ProposiEon

Globally Local Design Network  

I would like to propose a variation of the “network of learning centers” suggested in Victor Papneck’s chapter “Design for Survival andSurvi...