Architectural Design Workshop — Prototyping the Emergency Preparedness Hub

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This workshop will design components for an Emergency Preparedness Hub as part of a public space campaign for community preparedness.  Partnering with the Boston Department of Emergency Management, this prototype will be used to facilitate discussions regarding community action during the first 72 hours after a disaster. Built around the need for off-grid availability of water, energy and communication, various neighborhood groups can have active discussions using the place-based physical prototypes to build awareness and preparedness into their everyday actions. Various community leaders, including CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) trained captains can host neighborhood events and workshops with a hands-on physical prototype for discussion purposes.

This class will design components of a modular kit at a community space with all the requirements needed during an emergency.  The sum of all parts will be designed to fit on the back of a standard pickup truck. We will be learning assembly-based, parametric, solid modeling software to ensure that each independent piece fits within a collective. We will work from a set of conceptual models to a full scale outdoor prototype using the Architecture Shops prototyping facilities, while also discussing available manufacturing processes that would be more appropriate for low-volume production.

Students will have the opportunity to visit local manufacturers in the greater Boston area and engage on multiple occasions with Boston Department of Emergency Management.  Depending on student schedules we may be visiting the SF Prototyping Festival.

Open to all Graduate and Undergraduate students, engineering majors encouraged to apply.
Sponsored by the Architecture Department and the Urban Risk Lab

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by Miho Mazereeuw, Justin Lavallee, Christopher Dewart, David Moses, Nicholas Polansky, Aditya Barve, Maya Taketani
Spring 2015