Week 10: Know Your Zone + Social Resiliency

  1. Reflect on our visit with Tattfoo. What kind of thoughts does his visit leave you with? Are you inspired by his work? How did his presentation connect to the themes of our class? 

I was definitely inspired my Tattfoo’s work and thoughts, some ideas the stuck with me were “you’re not your mind, your body, or a feeling, because these things come and go”, “the true you doesn’t attach to anything”, “it’s always eternally now”. The way he deals with societal/environmental issues is also very inspiring and he takes in consideration strong themes that we’ve been discussing in class such as the anthropocene.


2) Post your second FBNK observation (make sure to hand-write this in your notebook, include a photo, and include a second location). 


3) Visit and explore New York City’s Hurricane Preparation website and answer the following:  

 – Which hurricane evacuation zone do you live within?

I live within the Clinton school evacuation zone.

  • What does feels like to learn what zone you inhabit?

It feels good to know that I’m not in high risk.

  • How close is the next, nearest zone to your home?

The next nearest zone would be zone 6, and it’s just a block away from my home.

  • Which zone is Parsons located within?

Parsons is either not in a zone of risk or in zone 6.

  • Do you feel prepared for a hurricane in NYC?

I do now after reading the website, there are good examples of what to do to reduce the risks.

  • What are your thoughts on this website’s design (is it functional, aesthetic, easy to use etc.)? 

I think the website has a pretty intuitive and easy interface, I think everyone who access it could have a good understanding of what it is.


4) Conduct independent research on Social Resiliency. If you have trouble, see this link.

  How does social resiliency differ from infrastructural and urban resiliency?

Social resiliency, different from infrastructural and urban resiliency, is focusing specifically on the people/citizens.

  • How would you explain social resiliency to a friend or family member?

For me social resilience has a lot to deal with social responsibility, which has a focus on acting for the benefit of a society and environment. But social responsibility can be more about a individual aspect, rather than social resilience, that is referring to how a society collectively collaborate to meet the challenges of an external issue or problem.

  • Why might social resilience be important in the context of climate change?

With climate change our society is exposed to a lot of risks, for example the possibility of natural disasters, so we need social resilience to be prepared for that. But in a smaller scale I think is also fundamental that people practice social responsibility and resilience in order motivate simple things like recycling, at the end of the day smaller actions are important in the context of climate change, specially if everyone is responsible for doing their part.

  • How important do you think it is for artists/designers to consider and encourage resiliency among people in their work?

I think designers and artists have the power to unite people through their pieces, rather is focusing on a common message/topic or not. Artists and designers have a power to creatively start conversations and discussions through the information being conveyed through their art, and sometimes when the message is being conveyed through an artwork it has even more impact, so I think is important that creative professionals use the power they have to bring the public’s attention through issues like that.

  • What is an experience you have had, or an object/design that you have, that you feel supports social resiliency in you?  (i.e. makes you feel stronger, connected to the earth or other people and prepared/capable of adapting to environmental change).

My phone is the easiest and strongest way I have to connect to a big amount of people and inform/get informed.

  • How might creative people do this?

As I stated, creative minds have a power to creatively start conversations and discussions through the information being conveyed through their work. I think it’s about bringing people together, and also finding creative ways to convey the message so it has more social impact.


5) Conduct independent research about what scientists are predicting New York City will be like (weather, infrastructure, architecture, population etc.) in the year 2050 due to the effects of climate change. If you have trouble with your research.
How are these predictions different or similar to what you imagine the city will be like? What do you think can make a coastal city like New York more resilient? Include 2-3 citations of your research.

My predictions are were very different than that, but mainly because I don’t think a lot about it and I try to avoid these subjects. I think that in order to make a coastal city more resilient is make sure that the infrastructure closer to the coasts are strong and would survive a possible natural disaster, I also think about some type of insurance. One thing that’s necessary is social resilience, we have strong examples of that working in favor of rebuilding a place after a natural disaster, such as the disasters in Japan in 2011.

Enact and enforce regulations: A theme echoed among many hazard mitigation specialists is that people shouldn’t be living in flood-prone areas in the first place. They encourage municipalities to enact and enforce regulations preventing or restricting development in such areas. Enforcing regulations related to elevating structures to safer heights is another option.”

(source: https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/how-to-make-coastal-cities-more-flood-ready/505369/)

“(…)The report notes that about 40 million people were “exposed to a 1 in 100 year coastal flood event” as of 2005. But by 2070, this risk increases to some 150 million people “due to the combined effects of climate change (sea-level rise and increased storminess), subsidence, population growth and urbanisation.”

(source: https://www.citylab.com/life/2012/11/making-our-cities-more-resilient-cant-wait/3758/ )

“(…)In response to the flood analysis and the destruction wrought by Sandy, the city developed a comprehensive resilience plan.  In this plan, the city specifically analyzed the effects of Sandy as a near-worst-case impact and the projected future flood zones.  It determined several actions to take to minimize the risks.  To protect coasts against tidal flooding, the city plans to reinforce beaches, build bulkheads, and protect sand dunes that act as natural barriers.”

(source: http://climate.org/sea-level-rise-risk-and-resilience-in-coastal-cities/)

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