Week 7: Zone Walk and final project ideas

 

– Draw a map of your route and what you see when you move from one zone to another. Visit at least three zones during your walk.

This was my route. This route had all 6 zones and no zone area on one street. I found it significant that way so I took this route though it was not near our school or my house.

– How does having an awareness of evacuation zones change the way you experience your walk and the area around Parsons?

Yes I took more care about the drainage system which often were clogged by litters. Also there were many buildings which strand right off the ground. Subway stations’ ventilations were also looked not resilient to water damages.

 

– What areas appear to be vulnerable to storm surge, if any?

For me local stores and drainage systems were looked vulnerable, as they are often clogged and unprepared for the water damages. Unlike some buildings where ground floor is above the ground, there were buildings where ground floor seats flat to the ground or even worse under.

 

– Do any buildings/infrastructures look more prepared for the next storm — how?

There were not many buildings where the ground floor seats above the ground. Even those building which were built relatively new, had this level problem. Also subways were looked still very vulnerable to the storm.

 

– Are any effects of Hurricane Sandy visible?

Not particularly from the route I took, but I experienced a lot of inconvenience using N,Q,R and especially L as they were still under construction for recovery.

 

– Choose one zone (1-6) as your focus. What is a design idea you have that would communicate/show people what zone they inhabit? What kind of tool, device or signage would you make?  Include a list of 3-5 challenges you would face in implementing this project in NYC (think about resiliency of materials, language issues, access to information, visibility during different times of day or during storms, diversity of public etc.).

Language will not be a problem as there are many source of helps also informations and materials can be also guided by school system. Main problem I would face is to actually implement resilience to sustainability and also local aspect of NYC.

 

DESIGN I

1) What will you make and why?

This is a pen that can save 1.6 billion plastic pens a year. Unlike commercial pens, this pen does not require ink cartridges, it only requires an ink; any ink either from tube, jar, or large containers. Archival grade India ink comes in large pint or half gallon(or even bigger) container at rather cheap price. Using this pen will be environment friendly and also economical. It will best benefit people like myself who have to  have pen around at all time. I think I use up at least one or two pens a month which in 50 years will be 510 to 1020 pens.

2) In what ways will this object be useful to you over 50 years of change?

It will still function as a pen as long as fountain pens are produced. This pen uses universal nib which can be replaced easily at low price. As for the appearance, it will only look better with patina it will grow.

 

3) What specific event(s) of environmental changes will it help you navigate?

By itself, it will not save the whole world but if all of Americans to use this type of pen, it will save 1.6 billion pens a year, or 80 billion pens over nest 50 years.

 

4) How will it be resilient and/or encourage social resiliency through its usage ?

 

5) Will it be designed for a particular place?

It will not be built for any particular location.

 

DESIGN II

1) What will you make and why?

This is an smart phone application, which will visualize the sea level rise of our near future using Augmented Reality. Being able to see how will sea level rise affect our living space will rise the awareness of the issue.

 

2) In what ways will this object be useful to you over 50 years of change?

The Data Base will be updated and also graphic will be enhance. Also it can be adopted to different platform if needed.

 

3) What specific event(s) of environmental changes will it help you navigate?

It focuses solely on the sea level rise issue.

 

4) How will it be resilient and/or encourage social resiliency through its usage ?

It will encourage people to focus on the issue and prepare for the future and hopefully be inspired to change their life style to be more sustainable to avoid the graphics to be real.

 

5) Will it be designed for a particular place?

It will not be built for any particular location.

 

DESIGN III

1) What will you make and why?

This series of posters which each represent each NYC Hurricane Evacuation Zones. They are designed to rise the awareness of resilience or vulnerability of each location for hurricanes.

 

2) In what ways will this object be useful to you over 50 years of change?

This series will be updated as the DB revised.

 

3) What specific event(s) of environmental changes will it help you navigate?

This series of works will focus on vulnerability of NYC area from hurricane.

 

4) How will it be resilient and/or encourage social resiliency through its usage ?

This series of works will rise the awareness of Evacuation Zones and will help better understand the vulnerability or resilience of their living spaces. Though both of my estates in NYC areas are not in any zone, my living spaces, such as public transportations, grocery market or art supply stores, are in those zone and have higher risk of getting affected by future hurricane(s).

 

5) Will it be designed for a particular place?

This is designed specifically for NYC as the Data Base and the Hurricane Evacuation Zone system is limited to NYC areas.

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