Design & planning competition for GENSAI
Application period: January 17 – February 17, 2019
Exhibition: March 2019
A disaster may happen to me tomorrow. To prepare in advance for that time, what contributions can be made to increase disaster mitigation through design? We are waiting for your ability of design!
‘GENSAI’ refers to the reduction of damage or causalities caused by disasters. We will conduct a competition seeking suggestions from this point of view.
Our daily life may suddenly change into extraordinary. Everybody has such possibility. We learn the ‘GENSAI’ while experiencing and overcoming disasters, and must be prepared for next unavoidable scene. What contributions can be made by design for that? Beyond the categories, we are looking for designs and planning for “GENSAI” from diverse fields, such as product design, graphics, architecture, town planning, communication and so on.
In this competition, we think that what has been learned from experience disasters, the value of accumulated information etc, is important in your proposals, along with any kind of perspectives or tasks that you have noticed. We also believe that it is important to share the process of thought and results with as many people as possible, provide results widely and aim to contribute to the improvement of disaster reduction ability in society.
“Life-as-Usual phase, Initial Emergency phase of disaster, Recovery phase”. Focus on issues in three distinct phases!
In this competition, the requirement is to create scenarios that display functional proposals for each of the three phases experienced in disasters.
Reflecting on past disaster sites and experiences, please select issues that you deem important (regardless of disaster experiences of the proposer). The task is to consider the three distinct phases and put forth ideas for overcoming issues through design, planning, inspirations, etc. 1) “Life-as-Usual phase” before the disaster occurs, 2) “Initial Emergency phase of disaster” the emergency stage immediately after the occurrence of a disaster, and 3) “Recovery phase” after the initial emergency has passed. (Reference information about the three phases of disaster will be posted on the website.)
Read more about the entry rules and the competition at
Organized by: Special Committee II, Power of Design for GENSAI and Revive of Society for Design and Art Fusing with Science and Technology : SDAFST
GENSAI Design Project
Support and cooperation: Kobe Design University
Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution
Education Center for Disaster Reduction, Institute for General Education, University of Hyogo
Secretariat: GENSAI Design Project Secretariat
Chief of Special Committee II of SDAFST: Jiro SAGARA
Dept. of Product & Interior Design, Kobe Design Univ.
Nishi-ku, Kobe, 651-2196 JAPAN