Tutor: Areli Avendano

Timetable: Tuesday 3:30pm – 6:30pm

Location: 051.02.015


Globally, there are more frequent and severe natural hazards affecting communities due to climate change. To minimise the impact of humanitarian scenarios, preparedness and emergency response are two fundamental processes that need to be integrated together. The most critical challenges faced include: to fully acknowledge the complexity of the systems in which disaster occurs, and the adequate consideration of local priorities as well as identifying ways of minimising further environmental challenges.

Before and in the aftermath of a natural or man-made disaster or a global humanitarian crisis (poverty, food security, health outbreak, refugees crisis, etc.), designers can have a key role in working together with affected communities and key stakeholders towards re-instating permanent, safe, and sustainable livelihoods. Designers are then positioned as facilitators for relevant change as opposed to problem solvers delivering inadequate solutions for communities. The inmaterial Side of Design (ISoD) aims to challenge pre-existing notions about the role of design by moving away from material-based solutions to systems-thinking solutions