Update on Project Activities
This week is our pre-charrette week which involved having a final preparation meeting with the whole team. We affirmed the role of our presentation in inspiring and contextualizing the charrette through our presentation, decided on materials to prep, and clarified our individual roles in facilitating the charrette. The charrette will focus on two main brainstorming activities, one to discuss specific lifeline categories and one to discuss specific all inclusive scenarios. Our role will be to notetake and assist facilitation.
We finalized our presentation on general lessons learned from the North Bay fires, Hurricane Harvey, and a series of past earthquakes. This presentation will serve to contextualize the charrette and reaffirm the importance and significance of the event. We also prepared a series of diagrams of plan and section views of the different yards the charrette will develop solutions for. These will serve as tools from which to illustrate different solutions brainstormed at the charrette.
What We Observed and Learned
Through our conference call this week, we were informed on the final logistics of the Charette we will be having tomorrow (Nov. 11). This includes the order of activities, a finalized roster of participants, and some last-minute ideas including the neighborhood and home maps for people to brainstorm their ideas on. We think the maps are imperative in keeping the participants engaged and in providing an outlet for them to map their ideas out. As we have learned in lecture, in particular from the Chinatown presentation by Mei Lum and Diane Wong, having some kind of visual engagement is key in these kinds of community brainstorm session.
Through our presentation research, we discovered four key points to developing a toolkit that we will provide as food for thought for the attendees: 1) It’s important to understand the extent of assistance you may receive from emergency services. 2) In a post disaster situation communities and households are their own first responders. 3) It is critical to be aware of available resources and potential vulnerabilities. 4) We can build city resilience by increasing citizen knowledge of dangers and responses. These are important considerations that can hopefully steer the charrette as well as the way we digest the information we gather.
Critical Analysis/Moving Forward
With our presentation prepared and logistics figured out for the charrette, our next important step is gathering data during our charrette. We discussed some guidelines as to how we intend to take notes such that our data is meaningful and coherent. Particularly, we want to capture important actions and items people mention, and record certain quotes mentioned that we deem important and we can include in our final framework. We also think it is important to make sure to ask for clarification in case something said is ambiguous, and meet up regularly throughout the charrette to compare what we have and change our strategy for note collection going forward if needed. Following these guidelines, we will have dynamic process of data collection that can adapt to evolving conversations and preserve accuracy.