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May 23, 2014

Tohoku Reconstruction Update: May

MAKIBIZ MARKETING SEMINAR, A SUCCESS!

Business support is one of MakiBiz's two main focus of works. One way we provide this type of support is through hosting our business seminars, in partnership with business experts. On May 7, our successful four-day marketing seminar, "Using Design to Expand Your Market" came to an end.

This seminar series along with the one-on-one consultations that came with it, were led by our partner, Mr. Kasama from Communa Translation Design. Approximately 40 businesses and supporting organizations participated in these events, and worked rigorously in coming up with a marketing plan for their business.

In the seminars titled, "Strategizing new products to expand your market" and "How to work with a designer," participants had the opportunity to learn about the basics of marketing and branding. The attendees earnestly listened, as Mr. Kasama began with the question, "What is design?" - a question that was often floating on their minds without anyone to ask.

The one-on-one consultations sessions were particularly popular. We could see the faces of participants gradually lighten up, as they received advice on solving current issues, and tips on next steps to take to further grow their businesses. Seeing this gave us a renewed confirmation on the importance of working one-on-one with affected business owners. We plan to have seminars like this more regularly in the future.

 

 

UPDATES

MakiBiz RFP Program Overview

Baikado, Oikawa Denki, Konpiramaru, and Tamiko Abe are currently under construction or in their design phases.  With the goal to complete all projects by August 2014, we are working with clients and the design and construction team to move each project forward.  Learn more about these projects, as well as the completed ones on each project page on the Open Architecture Network.

 

MakiBiz Client Intake

MakiBiz has supported 170 business owners since its office opened in November 2012.  Information about our clients, along with other MakiBiz updates can be found here.

 

Gifu Nagaragawa Rotary Club visits MakiBiz

On April 24, we spoke with Gifu Nagaragawa's Rotary Club members, who visited MakiBiz, displaying interest in our work.

Our work at MakiBiz is gradually reaching a wider audience, and we are frequently receiving inquiries from architects who want to learn more, and from volunteers looking to get involved. Thank you! We hope to continue expanding our fan base!

 

STAND UP WEEK

This year, we'll be participating in [STAND UP WEEK], an event that is held a week before  Ishinomaki's biggest festival, " Kawabiraki (River Opening)." This event, titled "Expo for creating the future," uniquely highlights people and groups around the city through various events and activities.  MakiBiz is currently strategizing a fun way to participate in this event!

 

 

EVENTS

MakiBiz participating in [STAND UP WEEK 2014: Role-model City for Creating a Future
July 25-August 1
Place: Ishinomaki
About: Using the four scenarios: play + feel + make + eat, there will be many opportunities for visitors to experience the new Ishinomaki!
Organized by: ISHINOMAKI 2.0

 


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May 5, 2014

Students Capture Toms River Recovery

In February, the design team for the ReNew Schools: Toms River High School North held their second community meeting on site, where pro-bono architect, Craig Brearley presented revised design drawings of the stadium entrance plaza and support buildings, taking the feedback gathered from the first community workshop held last October.

Toms River High School North is the larger of three high schools that serve the Toms River Regional Schools, with 2,400 students. With their high dedication to sport (the majority of the student population play some form of intra or inter-mural sport), the school is invested in getting facilities back up and running.

This community meeting was attended by both students and community members, who gave enthusiastic comments and feedback that would be considered in finalizing the design. As a bonus, the regional school district's very own TV-21 crew was there to document the event. TV-21 is a unique radio and TV program lead by Chip Phillips and run by broadcast and journalism students in the school district. After intently filming and interviewing the design team throughout the day, the talented students put together a short clip, that summarizes the project.

See the video below, featuring Regional Program Coordinator, Brian Baer, and lead architect, Craig Brearly!

 

Apr 23, 2014

Attending Training Sessions for Oklahoma Safe Schools 101

Tommy Stewart, long-time collaborator with Architecture for Humanity, attended the last of five training sessions for the Oklahoma Safe Schools 101 program, held March 25 to 28 with a site assessment training exercise on Saturday, March 29.   Approximately 150 participants took advantage of this pilot program designed to train architects, engineers, and related professionals to assess school buildings for refuge inventory and planning. 

The program was developed by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to create an extensive network of trained individuals to assess every public school building in the state of Oklahoma and to identify the best areas of refuge in case of tornadoes and high wind events.

Tommy describes his experience after the training,

“I was privileged to attend this interesting program and participate in an assessment training exercise at Norman High School.  Having been involved in storm damage assessments, the back side of the storm so to speak, this proactive review provided a different way to think about the affects of tornadoes. Rather than what happened, we were taught to think about what could happen; where the safest place to be is and in some cases how long you might have to get there.”

This program will help the State of Oklahoma identify those existing places to best protect one of most valuable assets - our children while they are at school.

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