Structuring Safety was a finalist for the 2013 Design Ignites Change | AIGA Professional Fellowship
Location: Washington, D.C and Kathmandu, Nepal
About this projectNepal is vulnerable to large earthquakes and is one of the poorest
countries in the world, which makes procuring food, clothing and basic
shelter the most pressing issues for most citizens. The challenge is to
bring seismic resilience to as many buildings as possible by building
awareness and implementation strategies.
In partnership with Kids of Kathmandu, Inscape Publico is working toward
the Nepalese goal of ‘Earthquake Safe Communities by 2020’.
Earthquake-resistant structures minimize the loss of life by preventing
the collapse of buildings. The National Society for Earthquake
Technology in Nepal has begun seismic retrofitting of hospitals and
schools in preparation for inevitable large scale earthquakes. With
Nepal’s building stock as it is now, an earthquake could bring this
small nation to its knees. The project's goal is to focus on additional building types, specifically those owned by non-profit organizations.
Structuring Safety will save lives.
Next steps The orphanage that Kids of Kathmandu supports will act as a case study to raise
awareness of seismic retrofitting of existing building stock and how it
will create a safer built environment for the people of Nepal. The project implementation plan will foster safety for more buildings by
creating awareness and opportunity.
Learn more about Structuring Safety and contact Michelle Bove, project representative from Inscape Publico, to lend your support!
Creative professionals with a concept that has the potential to ignite positive change were invited to apply for a “Design Ignites Change | AIGA Fellowship,” which provides seed funding and professional guidance. Learn more about the 2013 finalists.
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