Week 6: Sixth Extinction and Social Resiliency

Week 6: Sixth Extinction and Social Resiliency

NYC Hurricane evacuation site 

I live in 6 zones and it was really close to the safe zones.

It is important to know where you are, because you can make a disaster plan to prepare for what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency. It feels so much better when you see your location is close to safe zones.

But I do not feel prepared since I am an international student who do not know where to go to stay during the storm unless school has any plans for us. I think there should be public temporary public space  for people from 1 to 6 and it should be divided by zones.

Designer should be design systems that encourage interaction, especially for 2D designers. Since most of people are visual learner, we can use the graphic as tools to educate people, even holding event so people can learn how to deal with dangerous situations and how to help out each other. In country like Japan, schools would hold mock up safety demonstration regularly. In China, some apartment complex would have mini-meet up to socialize with their neighbors. These little social interactions will help to build resiliency in the future. To me, it’s communication that places a big role in building resiliency. (By communication, I mean: radio, TV, Social Media, and so many other visual cultures.)



What’s Missing ?

6) What is one species that you learned about on this site that has gone extinct?

The Bramble Cay melomys, a small rodent that lives on a tiny island in the eastern Torres Strait, has been completely wiped-out from its only known location. It is also the first recorded extinction of a mammal anywhere in the world thought to be primarily due to human-caused climate change

7) What is one species that has recovered “from the brink”?

Bald Eagle

8) What did you learn on the “what you can do” page?

Conserve water, conserve energy, build efficiently, reduce, reuse,recycle, do not buy species at risk; buy environmentally friendly products; support sustainable forestry, support sustainable fisheries; eat less meat; and support sustainable agriculture.


9) What do you think of this site — as an artist’s project?

I think the clicking part can speed up a little. I got impatient after clicking the tittles I chose.


10) Post a sketch of a design idea that you think would help a person sense a systems connection between their life and that of the animal facing an environmental threat. How does your design idea not just raise awareness or make a person feel guilty/sad, but inspire them? What materials would you chose to use to make this design?


I designes to system that will educate people on animal extinctions: first is to post those quiz on the social media, if people get high scores, they will reach a higher memberships on the social media page. Memberships include higher excess on the website. Nowadays we alway focus on social media. I wanted to use this opportunity to “lure” people into being educated.

The second ideas is rather peculiar: I wanted to design those lunch bowel with hidden message on the wall of the bowl. They message are usually about the information of the species and the species are usually related to food. For example: if you are eating chicken, you will find message in the bowl said: “Dodo bird was extinct at around 1710, due to many huntings for its meat consumption.” When we eat, we always look down to the plates or bowl and stare. This design allow you to be educated from everyday meal. 


I do think that nowadays, people see learning about extinction as a boring thing, but it’s hidden in every aspect of your daily life.





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