Structuring Safety

Structuring Safety was a finalist for the 2013 Design Ignites Change | AIGA Professional Fellowship

Location: Washington, D.C and Kathmandu, Nepal

About this project
Nepal 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!