The Japan Foundation is presenting two upcoming talks on topics related to disaster management through creativity. The talks will feature Hirokazu Nagata, an expert on disaster preparedness and education. As the chairman of Plus Arts and the Vice Director of Design Creative Center Kobe, he teaches children around the world how to prepare for disasters through games and other creative activities. Joining Nagata will be Ikaputra, an architect with extensive experience in designing emergency shelters, and Ruttikorn Vuttikorn, a “play activist” and game designer.
Tackling Disaster Issues Creatively: Cases in Indonesia and Thailand
Tuesday November 13 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:15 p.m.
The Glass Corner at the New School – 25 E. 13th Street (between 5th Avenue and University Place), Room 206
The first of the two talks is co-organized with the Zolberg Institute of Migration and Mobility at The New School.
The discussion will feature two prominent experts from Indonesia and Thailand who will introduce the unique approaches they have used to tackle disaster issues in their respective fields of architecture and game design. Their work has included educating the public, particularly children, on disaster preparedness through engaging games and designing effective shelters that can transition into permanent housing units for disaster survivors to recover and rebuild.
Prof. Ikaputra, who is part of the Department of Architecture and Planning Engineering at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, has worked with communities hit by disasters to help rebuild their lives. He created the concept of Core House, a structure unit that can be added according to the needs of its residents. This allows survivors to purchase units as funds become available. Noting that relocating to distant shelters and losing one’s community network can be detrimental to the senior population, Prof. Ikaputra believes that the preservation of community is important, especially to those who are more vulnerable.
Ruttikorn Vuttikorn is an industrial Designer and “play activist” who has designed educational games for children and empowered disaster survivors. She has worked on the HANDs! Project along with Prof. Ikaputra and Nagata. HANDs is an educational program in which aspired youth in Southeast Asia gather together to site visit disaster-stricken areas to conduct workshops that create disaster preparedness programs.
A Q&A session and a reception will follow the lecture.
This event is free, but please RSVP on the lecture’s Eventbrite page.
This Could Save Your Life: Collective Wisdom for Disaster Response
Wednesday November 14 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Japan Society – 333 E. 47th Street (between First and Second Avenues)
Admission: $12/$10 members, seniors, and students
Following the talk at The New School, Hirokazu Nagata, Prof. Ikaputra, and Ruttikorn Vuttikorn will move to Japan Society. These noted experts in advocating disaster preparedness with thoughtful design will continue their discussion about how community-based disaster preparedness and education are at the heart of saving lives. Moderated by Robert Kirkbride, Dean of the School of Constructed Environments and Associate Professor, Architecture and Product Design at Parsons School of Design, the talk will emphasize how designers across Asia are collaborating to increase their impact and to nurture the next generation of leaders through projects such as the HANDs! Project.
This event is organized around World Tsunami Awareness Day (November 5) with special support from the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations and coincides with the Earth Manual Project—This Could Save Your Life exhibition at Parsons School of Design (September 27-December 12).
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Japan Society’s website.
Featured photo credit: Marc Tatti