Geodesign-Based Bamboo Housing to Reduce Earthquake Risks in China

Authors: Yuxi Zhao*,
Topics: Business Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems, Applied Geography
Keywords: GIS, geodesign, geospatial, market
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: 8224, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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This study uses geodesign techniques to redesign modular bamboo housing prototypes to suit the Chinese market in an attempt to reduce earthquake-related casualties. China suffers 1/3 of the world's continental earthquakes and 1/2 of its earthquake life losses. Recently, bamboo — China's traditional earthquake-resistant, low-cost, and energy efficient building material — has been industrialized and commercialized into engineered products in western countries. However, due to different cultural preferences and land-use habits, this western housing type has garnered little interest in the earthquake-prone Chinese regions where it is needed the most. Funded by the International Foundation for Science, this study uses geodesign techniques to access the diverse, geographically situated, and specific needs of Chinese residents by integrating western designers' professional expertise with Chinese residents' regional land-use habits. As a result, GIS provides a platform in which both professional knowledge and local know-how are integrated to co-design a new prototype that suits not only the geophysical conditions but also the socioeconomic preferences of the Chinese niche market.

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