Disaster relief

Semester/year: Spring 2010  Supervisors: Nina Bjørnstad, Tony Marchant

This diploma project started as an exploration of how disasters and the situations that rise after a disaster are handled. The objective became to create a product or tool that could serve as a kind of first aid (not medical) regarding human needs and survival after a disaster.

To be more specific, I chose to work within the field of displacement camp security. This resulted in a product: A lamp that serves as an emergency outdoor lighting equipment. Its main function is to illuminate paths and roads in displacement camps. Its main purpose is to raise camp security and reduce the risk of rape and assault.

The lamp is designed to be as efficient in every aspect of its use as possible. The materials chosen for the lamp together with its design makes it easy and cheap to produce. Being lightweight and stackable makes the lamp easy to package, store and transport. The lamp also offers three different deployment methods.

The primary method is to stick the lamp with its supporting pole structure right in to the ground. If conditions makes this difficult it is possible to mould the lamp in to a heavy base or hang it on a wire. This makes the lamp versatile and fast to deploy. The wire function is primarily meant as an anti theft measure.

By connecting several of these lamps trough a wire they get physically harder to steal or displace. The lamp is only lit at night and runs on batteries that are charged by photvoltaic cells during the day making the lamp completely self sufficient after deployment.

The project was nominated for the Accenture Innovation Prize for User Centered Design and Technology at AHO Works spring 2010.

Publisert  2010