PRLog - April 9, 2012 - INDIANAPOLIS -- The Interior Design Educators Council announces the IDEC Social Responsibility Network has been awarded the 2011 Fairchild Topical Issues Grant for the project titled, “Social Sustainability – Designing for Disaster Relief.” Project team members are Sarah Sherman, Florida International University; Dak Kopec, PhD, Radford University; and Jeanne Mercer-Ballard, Appalachian State University. This grant is funded annually by Fairchild Books and was presented on Wednesday, March 21 during the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.
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The “Designing for Disaster Relief” project is a competition where students and young professionals are tasked with designing a region specific temporary housing unit of no more than 400 square feet for a family of four. The unit must exhibit how the design and placement of temporary shelters can maintain/restore a sense of self, and social and cultural identity. Once the project is designed they create a three-minute public service video education the public on how the design of emergency and temporary shelters can address psychological and sociological conditions following a natural disaster.
Competition details are online at www.design4disaster.com. The deadline for entry is December 15. The winners will be announced at the 2013 IDEC annual conference being held February 17 – 19 in Indianapolis, IN.
The Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) is an international organization with the mission of advancing interior design education, scholarship and service. Founded in 1963, IDEC has over 800 members. For more information, go online to www.idec.org. The purpose of an IDEC Network, special interest groups within IDEC, is to share teaching ideas and discuss issues with other interested members.