Requirements for humanitarian design


“We need stuff that is cheap, easy, light weight, easy
to transport, that never falls apart, needs no maintenance, is safe, and causes
very little damage to the environment, that we know will work in a certain
environment and the same time does not change the refugee’s way of living or
culture too much”.  Lisetta Trebbi, Climate Change Advisor NRC

The expectations from the humanitarian aid community are high. Certain
characteristics have evolved from initial interviews, and I am currently trying to draft an outline of important elements for humanitarian design.


[i] Interview
with Lisetta Trebbi, Climate Change Advisor, NRC, Oslo 16th June
2011

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About Brita Fladvad Nielsen

I'm a Postdoctoral researcher at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. My focus is on Smart Energy Communities in urban settings as well as design of energy-devices for emergency settings and design for humanitarian markets, especially for refugee camps in rural areas of Africa. I blog about my research approach Design Thinking on www.designthinkingresearch.wordpress.com and about humanitarian design at www.designforselfreliance.wordpress.com . I am also a mother of a child who is deaf, and I blog about her language development on Aurorasittsprak.wordpress.com
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