“If Ivan hits Central Florida on the current projected path, it would be the third hurricane to hit the region in four weeks, Local 6 News reported.”
I graduated from Virginia Tech and moved to Orlando in 2001. Up until this month, I hadn’t experienced a hurricane. This weekend will mark the third hurricane I’ve had the opportunity of enduring in a month’s time. But, what I love the most about times like these are the innovations and opportunities that arise out of great peril. These attributes however are also the result of shortcomings and weaknesses with existing systems.
Bill Nye, the science guy, was a guest speaker on a news broadcast sharing his comments just recently explaining the basics of hurricane science. It was his personal opinions that truly aroused my industrial design instincts. He mentioned that there will be more hurricanes in the future which seems perfectly obvious but he also mentioned that Florida and other states seemed to be ill-prepared for handling this natural phenomena. Basically that the surrounding architecture and other man-made environments didn’t reflect a hurricane-friendly landscape. And I have to totally agree with his comments. Houses built here look like houses built in non-hurricane states, and they probably shouldn’t.
There are numerous links on the internet of priceless design research images. I just want to share some here:
These structures, called Florida rooms, are commonly found throughout the state. Unfortunately, I don’t think they’re hurricane proof:
For the second hurricane, I decided to leave the Orlando area. Upon returning, convoys of these vehicles were not unusual:
hmm…I see a theme here:
How can a proactive design approach to window coverings prevail over a reactive approach?
What can we learn from trees?
Hurrican Ivan should be making landfall sometime this weekend. In the meantime, I plan on shooting some of my own pix and would like to welcome all to share their comments. Just as those communities who live in earthquake regions, areas in hurricane prone area should have a higher standard of built environments if the resources can allow it.
More to come soon…