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ALTERNATIVE UNKNOWNS studio - fall 2016 - by Juliana Chohfi & Valentina Branada


DISCOVERY

Years after a disaster there are still emotional effects on people. Lack of access for low income population to psychological help. Psychological aspects are not a priority in designing for disaster.

(Hurricane Sandy, NYC)

OPPORTUNITY: Design for coping and provide psychological support. People that already went through a similar disaster reacted better and helped others. (Tsunami, Chile) OPPORTUNITY: Leverage previous disaster learnings to help prepare for the next ones. Rituals serve to lift stigma, guilt or blame, symbolically cleansing people and places and allow them to return to full participation in day-to-day life. (Sandy Hook mass shooting)

OPPORTUNITY: Use memorializing and reflection as a healing process.


DISCOVERY

OPPORTUNITY: Shelters open a space for greater impact since they gather people affected by the disaster and there is a lot of idle time. Shelters are a difficult environment where people don’t know each other and there is lack of trust. (Red Cross, Katrina)

OPPORTUNITY: Create possibilities for connection and build community within the shelter.


IDEATION Connect donors to the person in need and promote contributions. Message of support and empathy that generates a broader sense of community.

Element to memorialize, make sense of the experience and learn from it. Helps with coping and comforting. Creates community and sparks conversations. Practical use to actively help in a shelter.


Personal meaning representing individual experiences

Practical use: - blood type - medical condition - languages


Shapes to record story & to close the band

Shapes to record the personal story

Spaces for beads with practical meaning


FINDING A RECOGNIZABLE AND UNIQUE LANGUAGE Beads symbol system

Band with string code system

We decided to simplify and keep the most important information as a universal code and another where the person assigns meaning to it.

Donor message


Symbol for blood type B

Both solid is blood type O

Both is blood type AB

Symbol for blood type A

The negative is represented by opening the hole next to the pink bead

positive

negative


USER JOURNEY DISASTER RESPONSE CONTRIBUTOR

AT THE SHELTER

PUBLIC SPACE

DISASTER RECOVERY


USER JOURNEY DISASTER RESPONSE

DISASTER RECOVERY

CONTRIBUTOR

Partnership with US Post office as a partner to publicize and help distribute the messages. AT THE SHELTER

PUBLIC SPACE


USER JOURNEY DISASTER RESPONSE CONTRIBUTOR

AT THE SHELTER

PUBLIC SPACE

DISASTER RECOVERY


USER JOURNEY DISASTER RESPONSE

DISASTER RECOVERY

CONTRIBUTOR

The volunteer shows their personal story in their band as an example to make the concept clearer and to generate a feeling of openness. AT THE SHELTER

PUBLIC SPACE

Generating a group interaction that makes it easier to build the band yourself. Facilitated by a new ´instruction` sheet .


USER JOURNEY DISASTER RESPONSE CONTRIBUTOR

AT THE SHELTER

PUBLIC SPACE

DISASTER RECOVERY


IMPACT

Common language for the community affected and involved Personal significance

Larger scale sense of community and support


STAKEHOLDER MAP

NYC EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

RED CROSS

OFFICIAL ORGANIZATIONS

COMPANIES

SHELTER

NGO

EVACUEES IN SHELTER

SUPPORTERS

VOLUNTEERS

DONORS

AFFECTED CITIZENS

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS


STAKEHOLDER MAP

NYC EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

RED CROSS

PARTNER

U.S. POST OFFICE

OFFICIAL ORGANIZATIONS

POSSIBLE STORYBAND ORGANIZERS

SPONSOR BEAD PRODUCER BAND PRODUCER

SHELTER

COMPANIES

NGO

EVACUEES IN SHELTER

AFFECTED CITIZENS

SUPPORTERS service provider VOLUNTEERS

connect DONORS

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS


THANK YOU !

Juliana Chohfi & Valentina Branada  

Alternative Unknowns

Juliana Chohfi & Valentina Branada  

Alternative Unknowns