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[ARTICLE] Designing Life After the Storm

A special issue of the journal AVANT (Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies) on the subject of 'Collaborative Approaches to Cognitive Innovation' is now out. The issue is a compilation of work developed in the Off the Lip publication and peer review workshop for postgraduate research students at Plymouth University in 2017, as project of the EU-funded Marie Curie Cognovo Doctoral Program.


The special issue contains the article 'Designing life after the storm: Improvisations in post-disaster housing reconstruction as socio-moral practice' which I developed during the workshop in Plymouth with the help of critical feedback from peers. The piece is about how women residents used architectural processes to negotiate the challenges of living in a post-Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) housing site made of prefabricated materials, and in the process constructed their moral worlds. Data was gathered through a follow up on the lives of livelihood beneficiaries I conducted in behalf of WeDpro, the women's rights NGO I consulted for during the aftermath of the typhoon.


The issue also contains my response to co-fellow Jacqui Knight's article on 'A Relational Ecology of Photographic Practices', which uses some of the design anthropology theories I apply to understand architecture in times of disaster.

Special issue cover by Cognovo Fellow Agi Haines.


Here's the full list of articles contained in this issue:

Frank Loesche & Klara Łucznik: Our GIFT to All of Us: GA(Y)AM (Preface)

Michael Punt & Susan L. Denham: Cognitive Innovation, Irony and Collaboration

Response, by Diego S. Maranan

Michael S. Kristensen, Frank Loesche, & Diego S. Maranan: Navigating Cognitive Innovation

First response, by Alexandra Marian, Paula Moldovan, Beatrix Perde, Roxana Vescan, Calin Hopsitar, Doris RogobeteSecond response, by Joanna Griffin

Tara Zaksaite, Peter M. Jones, and Chris J. Mitchell: Creativity and Blocking: No Evidence for an Association

Thea Ionescu, Alexandra Marian, Paula Moldovan, Beatrix Perde, Roxana Vescan, Calin Hopsitar, Doris Rogobete, & Ligia Suciu: Integration of Processes in the Study of Insight and Innovation

Response, by Vaibhav Tyagi

Pinar Oztop, Frank Loesche, Diego S. Maranan, Kathryn B. Francis, Vaibhav Tyagi, & Ilaria Torre: (Not So) Dangerous Liaisons: A Framework for Evaluating Collaborative Research Projects

Thomas Wennekers, Mathew Emmett, & Susan L. Denham: ConversationPiece II: Displaced and Rehacked

Guy Edmonds & Shaun Lewin: The Displaced ‘Dispositif’ First response, by Jacqui Knight Second response, by Mark-Paul MeyerThird response, by Aska Sakuta

Klara Łucznik & Frank Loesche: Dance Improvisational Cognition Response, by Eugenia Stamboliev

Response, by Hannah Drayson

First response, by Pinar OztopSecond response, by Kathryn B. Francis

Response, by Diego S. Maranan

First response, by Guy Edmonds Second response, by Pamela Gloria Cajilig Third response, by Michael PuntFourth response, by Mark-Paul Meyer

Klara Łucznik, Abigail Jackson, Aska Sakuta, & Eleonora Siarava: Let’s Improv It: The Embodied Investigation of Social Collaboration

Response, by John MatthiasContributors to This Issue



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Cajilig, P. G. (2017). Designing life after the storm: Improvisations in post-disaster housing reconstruction as socio-moral practice [Special Issue]. AVANT8, 79–88. doi:10.26913/80s02017.0111.0008

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