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Sept 14th Earth Manual Project: Disaster Preparedness & the Constructed Environment

08-Sep-2017 The Japan Foundation and Parsons School of Design Team up to Create Design Solutions for Surviving Natural Disasters.  

 “Earth Manual Project: Disaster Preparedness & the Constructed Environment”

Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Venue: Parsons School of Design 
Starr Foundation Hall; UL102
63 Fifth Avenue
RSVP: Please RSVP through Eventbrite
This event is free and open to the public.

This event is co-organized with the School of Constructed Environments (SCE) at the New School’s Parsons School of Design and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP). International transportation for this event is generously supported by All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.

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Amid the devastation wrought by the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season and the recent 8.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Mexico, Parsons School of Design at The New School and The Japan Foundation’s Center for Global Partnership launch an innovative project centered around the creation of design solutions for surviving natural disasters.

The project, Earth Manual Project: Disaster Preparedness & Constructed Environment, launches with a week-long design intensive at Parsons in New York City September 11-16. 

A showcase of student work will be held on Thursday, Sept. 14, 6-8 p.m. at The New School’s University Center, 63 Fifth Ave. To RSVP, visit Eventbrite. There will be introductory remarks at the beginning of the event, followed by a reception.

During the week-long intensive, students in Parsons’ School of Constructed Environments will take inspiration from the various works and philosophies of Hirokazu Nagata, a leading expert on disaster preparedness education from Kobe, Japan, as they develop design solutions — architectural, interior design, lighting design, and more — to surviving natural disasters. Students will look into case studies on Hurricane Sandy, the 1977 and 2003 blackouts in New York, and the September 11 terrorist attacks as they focus on addressing catastrophes related to climate change, terrorism, and infrastructure collapse. Research is provided by the Zolberg Institute on Migration and Mobility at The New School.

Confronting the very real threat of natural disasters, the project reflects Parsons' and Japan Foundation’s commitment to working collaboratively and across disciplines to address the most pressing issues of our time.

The event is the first step in the creation of the first North American iteration of the collaborative exhibition, Earth Manual Project, which will be held at Parsons in Autumn 2018. Earth Manual Project is an accumulation of knowledge and ideas gleaned from the experiences of living through natural disasters. It will showcase thoughtful works by designers, artists, and architects from Japan and Southeast Asian countries, as well as fresh localized content from the United States.

The exhibition and related public programs will encourage a collaborative, interdisciplinary examination of disaster preparedness across New York City, Kobe (Japan), Chiang Mai (Thailand), and other communities to which the exhibition will ultimately travel.

Media Contact:
Ayumi Takita, 212.489.1255 x122,

Parsons School of Design at The New School is one of the leading institutions for art and design education in the world. Based in New York but active around the world, the school offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the full spectrum of art and design disciplines, as well as online courses, degree and certificate programs. Critical thinking and collaboration are at the heart of a Parsons education. Parsons graduates are leaders in their respective fields, with a shared commitment to creatively and critically addressing the complexities of life in the 21st century.