People don't know where to gather resources during a flood
Hurricane Sandy dramatically altered the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook's physical landscape, making it difficult for people to navigate their neighborhood and locate emergency stations.
Red Hook's physical landscape changed during the flooding of Hurricane Sandy: submerged objects in flood waters made it dangerous to travel, a lack of power meant residents couldn't heat their homes in the middle of winter, and the physical locations of resources altered so that many people didn't know where to go to gather food or utilities.
Most people didn't evacuate for fear of losing their belongings and homes, and so they unfortunately experienced extreme difficulty gathering resources and restoring damaged property in their neighborhood's new and challenging parameters.
Train youth for the extreme conditions that exist after a severe flood
Gameify the collection of resources in a post-disaster landscape to build community resilience in the midst of climate change.
Hurricane Sandy Inundation Zone, 2012. Red Hook Houses highlighted in orange.
Image by Emily Schmidt, based on shapes from NYC Open Data.
Imitate a post-disaster scenario in the form of an augmented reality app to enable kinesthetic learning
After speaking with users, the team learned of an opportunity to make a post-disaster world exciting for secondary students to learn about by having the user navigate their neighborhood's changed physical parameters in an AR game, building off the success of Pokémon GO.
In 5 years, most phones will have the AR capabilities necessary, making the success metric of high usership possible. And while the team recognized that most AR applications are unnecessary and a result of today's hype of the technology , they saw this as a beneficial use of the technology for the game's users and for augmented reality.
defining the User
Aggregate user persona
We conducted user interviews and gained insights from two people who were living in the Red Hook Houses during Hurricane Sandy.
High School Student
Max lives in the Red Hook Houses and was severely affected by Hurricane Sandy. His apartment was looted and power wasn't restored for 4 months.
- Knowing what to prepare
- Knowing where to gather provisions in the few days after a flood
- Protecting his and his father's belongings from looting
"My dad and I weren't ready. We didn't know what to do [after the storm]."