Posts Tagged ‘Problem Solving

Oil and Water Don’t Mix

10, نوفمبر 2010


Video: Oil and Water Do Not Mix

On the evening of April 20, 2010, gas, oil, and concrete on the Deepwater Horizon began to climb and explode up the oilrig’s wellbore and onto the deck. During the massive fire that the explosions caused, eleven workers were killed. When the oilrig finally sunk on the morning of April 22, it sent a seemingly never-ending stream of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and onto the beaches in the area including Coastal Louisiana. The initial estimation of barrels-per-day that flowed into the sea was approximately 1,000. The estimation climbed to 5,000 barrels a day, equaling an incredible 210,000 gallons in a day.

As organizations began to work on the containment of the oil, one British designer, Anthony Burrill, used spilt oil to design a poster with the intent of assailing the oil spill. Using oil from the beaches of Grand Isle just as one would use normal paint, the posters were printed via silk-screening at Purple Monkey Design in New Orleans. Organized and sold by Happiness Brussels, they sell for 150 Euros. All proceeds go to the coalitions for the restoration of Coastal Louisiana.


–          Funds to start and maintain project vs. restoration of coastal Louisiana

–          Resources vs. availability

–          Cooperative efforts for businesses harmed by oil spill vs. financial gain from project

–          Employees vs. beneficiaries

–          Intended outcome vs. actual outcome

Preliminary Notes and Rational:

–          Current issue that affects our environment today

–          Innovative method for using a problem as a viable fix

–          Creating a small fix for a problem to bring about a larger change

SABHA and Astoria Scum River

9, نوفمبر 2010
Bethania Branch of SABHA
Dedicated towards promoting sustainable development in rural India, the Bethania CAS (Community Action Service) Group is part of the parent organization SABHA and is based at the Atlanta International School. A prime example of “Sustainable Design in a Service Environment”, Bethania strives to better the living conditions of those living in the Bethania Orphanage through unconventional means of aid. Instead of funneling money raised by the organization straight into the orphanage, Bethania takes that money and uses it to purchase items that the orphanage can then use to take charge of its own betterment. In the past, these items have taken the form of cattle, seeds, and even a water pump system that has now become indispensible. By altering the design of community service and foreign aid, the dependency cycle is broken and the children that were once receivers of aid can become self-sufficient adults that can then, in turn, benefit their own community. This is Bethania’s ultimate goal.

Taxonomic Categories:
– Sustainable Design
– Community Beneficial Design
– Global Oriented Design

– Relationship between the “donor” and the “receiver”.
– Cyclical relationship between further education and bettering the overall community.
– Return flow of aid from former “receivers” after they have secured careers.

Astoria Scum River Bridge
Art is capable of many things, taking the form of a painting, a poster, or even a small bridge with enough room for a single pedestrian to cross. The story of the Astoria Scum River Bridge is an interesting one and shows how a simple act of designing and then building can set into motion a community response to a problem. By building the Astoria Scum River Bridge, Posterchild and Jason Eppink called attention to a leak that had been left unattended for decades, spilling out water onto the sidewalk that would then freeze in the winter and become hazardous to pedestrians. The bridge was a piece of ironic design, of protesting through “solving”. It fixed through not fixing and it that way it is absolutely brilliant.
Taxonomic Categories:
– Community Beneficial Design
– Protest Through Design
– Unsolving Design
– How to effectively get the problem across to the right people.
– How to obtain the resources needed.
– How to make sure that the same problem doesn’t happen again.