Survey, Interviews, or Observations

Interview Notes (Long)

Design Project 2 | Interview #1: Dr. RamírezDesign Project 2 | Interview #2: Franck AmatoDesign Project 2 | Interview #3: Che Horder7/28 Office Hours with Glenn Katz

Interview Take-aways (Summarized)


  • Idea is supporting anything with a long term recovery. Mobile community resource center - day to day spot where people get food and information. Creating communities in places where stuff has been wiped out, empower them to rebuild.
  • Ok to pivot from Food and Agriculture. Sustainability is satisfied in that it is a resilience play. Can assume that it is built in a sustainable way.
  • Assessment of disaster types: “pick one as your primary” “adapted” “food, communication, power, clean water” Hurricane: Look into Puerto Rico Hurricane: People lived for a year without power or knowledge. People went for months without having their supplies. Long recovery. “Hurricane feels good.”
  • Franck Amato
    • Humans can survive long time without food but need water within 24-48 hours to avoid organ failure or death
    • Information is important to keep people aware of when they will get food and how much they will get
    • Preparedness in advance; storing food/water, plan for communication, distribution
  • Belinda Ramirez
    • Structures that foster community usually include shade and a place to gather
    • Structure should be permanent to help rebuild, taking it away would be disruptive
  • Masons Father
    • A community food center would be very helpful in time of need; Experienced flooding in Colorado and not very easy to get food
    • Possible to run independently, ie no people manning it

Interview Questions

  • What do people eat after a disaster?
  • Where do people eat after a disaster?
  • What role does food play in community building?
  • If there were a structure that could help re-build a community after a disaster, what aspects would it have?
  • Not used:
    • Where would you see a need for sustainable food hubs?
    • Have you ever seen food insecurity leading to unhealthy eating habits?
    • Would it be beneficial to design in a pop up style in areas with specific needs such as, disaster struck, poor, possible military
    • What do you think the criteria for sizing a food hub should be? Should it be based on the level and severity of the disaster, or population?
    • Should the “station” provide food or simple provide the people the resources
    • Do you see there being a chance to gather government based funding rather then generating all internal revenue?
    • What are characteristics of successful vs. unsuccessful food hubs?