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In response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Stamps School is hosting a multi-disciplinary, university-wide Design charette to generate design solutions specific to the Ebola crisis.

January 16-18th (Friday morning through Sunday afternoon), undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and professionals from the Stamps School of Art & Design, the School of Public Health, the Medical School, African Studies and the School of Nursing will work in teams to generate creative responses to three critical healthcare issues: design of personal protection equipment, health communication across cultural and linguistic barriers, and transportation of infected and diseased bodies.

Interested in Participating? Apply here. We will contact you for accepted participation by January 5th.

Why Design?

The Ebola outbreak continues to spread. The problems are plentiful and, in spite of comprehensive international responses, the human and social tolls remain massive. The media, NGOs and official sources including the CDC, International Red Cross and Medecins Sans Frontieres have repeatedly focused on the problems both patients and aid personnel are facing in dealing with this crisis. Many of these problems in impacted areas can be addressed through design. From how to safely use and move biohazard equipment, to communication across cultural and linguistic divides, to disposal of hazardous materials, design can make a difference.

 

Why a Charette?

A charette is an intensive, multi-disciplinary design workshop among major stakeholders to address a project under development.

Working across multiple disciplines the group’s skills and knowledge in environmental, systemic and elemental design thinking can be used to generate creative responses to this epidemic. As members of a public university community we have a particular responsibility to lend our time and effort to create open source solutions to aid in this developing crisis. As educators, it is an opportunity to be civically responsible and to imbed these values in an educational context for our students, providing contributions to social problems that build on the unique attributes of a diverse research university.

How will it work?

The Stamps Design charette will focus on three themes:

Participants will work in interdisciplinary teams (3-4 teams per theme, 5-7 participants in each team, max 80 ppl) over a 3 day period (See schedule.)

Outcomes

  1. A more comprehensive, relevant and designed understanding of the systemic and elemental problems.
  2. Open source solutions to functional and cultural obstacles in dealing with the disease.
  3. Submission of design solutions to Red Cross, OpenIdeo.org, and other organizations.
  4. Exhibition of teams’ outcomes, as well as website

Interested in Participating? Apply here. We will contact you for accepted participation by January 5th.

For more information please contact Assoc. Prof. Jan-Henrik Andersen.

Program Outline

Schedule is subject to change.

Prior to the charette, we’ll have info Q/A sessions in early December and January on why, who, when, where and how to contribute and participate in the charette.

Orientations will be hosted at Stamps and at the School of Public Health (dates and rooms to be announced).

Friday 16th Saturday 17th Sunday 18th
8 am Organization & registration, Coffee
SDC Welcome Opening
Stamps Auditorium
• materials
• tools and assistance

A&A Bldg. facilities and resource tour
Coffee in the Street Gallery and Good Morning Charette challenges
A&A auditorium 8:45
Coffee in the Street Gallery and Good Morning Charette challenges
A&A auditorium 8:45
9 am Health and Design briefs
20 minute each – Stamps Auditorium
• Systemic health problems
• Ebola virus cause and effects
• Cultural understanding
• Design work flow
• Empathic problem handling
• On working in a charette
Teamwork Teamwork
12 pm Lunch in Street Gallery/ Team formation Lunch available in Street Gallery Lunch available in Street Gallery
1 pm Team formation and organization/ assignments of work spaces Prep for intermittent summary and critiques SDC Exhibit comes up in Concrete Wall Gallery area
1:30 pm Teamwork
(on problem understanding and discussion)
(Resource folks are rotating in the teams)
Teamwork and rotating team critiques by health and design resource folks…
(coffee and snacks available, 2023)
Jurying of SDC teamwork
3 pm Teamwork
Break/presentation prep
Coffee
Teamwork and rotating team critiques by health and design folks…
(coffee and snacks available, 2023)
SDC Teamwork recognitions
A&A Auditorium
4 pm Problem presentation 5 min/team
Plenary critique 5 min/team
A&A Auditorium/Stamps Auditorium
(coffee and snacks available, 2023)
Teamwork and rotating team critiques by health and design resource folks…
(coffee and snacks available, 2023)
SDC closing
A&A Auditorium
6 pm End of day summary and continuation
A&A Auditorium/ Stamps Auditorium
(Stamps faculty show opening in Slusser)
(coffee and snacks available)
End of day plenary summary
A&A Auditorium/Stamps Auditorium
Final deadline of files for rapid overnight prototyping
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