#NFP #Architecture Through #OOAc as an #MOOC - #DRS for The #Philippines Now on Display at #CONEX2014
Yes, the title of the article is deliberately full of abbreviations. Often when I’m trying to find out information I find myself lost in a sea of them wondering what I’m looking at. When I studied psychology years ago we could only use them if they had been used earlier in the report/essay as their full name with the abbreviation in brackets after, so that from the first use on we were aware of what the abbreviations were indicating. Bite sized messages and social networking through mediums such as twitter have seen the abbreviation become more common that the actual words behind them now, so it can often be a bit of a coded mystery to navigate a message more intent on filling a character limit rather than being comprehendible. This odd Orwellian move toward newspeak titles means that social media sites can link in a way that then links them with others interested in the same topics. It is actually quite good to see. Rather than shortening of speech until the ability to convey emotions and ideas is stifled, as Big Brother had planned, we’ve used social media so that smaller sized parcels contain more information not less. Take that big brother. So here are the tools to navigate the title since having to do a google search on them might bring up multiple possibilities that leave you on an arduous journey to decipher them all.
#NFP - Most will be pretty familiar with this term; Not For Profit
#OOAc - Open Online Academy, NY; http://www.ooac.org/home.html
#MOOC - Massive Open Online Course
#DRS - Designing Resilient Schools http://www.ooac.org/drs-mooc.html
#CONEX2014 - A Conference/Exhibition organised by the United Architects of the Philippines (UAP) http://www.uapconex.co.nr/
So below are the exhibition boards the fabulously talented Ric put together, of our team’s work for CONEX2014.
I mentioned in an earlier article that I had begun this journey with simply a desire to help people in need. I had no idea how rewarding and wonderful an experience it would be, no idea how it would operate and no idea if my personal knowledge and contribution would be needed or wanted. All I can say is JUMP IN! This has been a fantastic experience. I met a team of talented and compassionate designers and engineers, learnt about a body of work not covered in my university studies, felt enlivened and challenged by the task, and to all our delight and surprise, the team with no 2 people within thousands of miles of each other, managed to be a team that received 2nd place in final review. This means our design will be shared as a free resource to people in need if they desire to use it. It’s a fantastic result.
Here is the online exhibition of our work - http://www.ooac.org/drs-pequiresiliente.html
I feel proud to have been part of a movement (that’s what it is really) full of so much energy and goodwill, and encourage everyone who has some time and knowledge to share and become part of the next humanitarian initiative course by OOAc, Designing Emergency Shelters (DES), which can be found here:- http://www.ooac.org/des-mooc.html
Not only have you got nothing to lose, but the work you do potentially gives thousands in need something to gain.