Globally Local Design Network

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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

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