Hannah Pempus
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Up & Out: Tsunami Wayfinding Reports 1 & 2

In 2014, the Oregon Emergency Management (OEM) hired the Portland Urban Architecture Research Laboratory (PUARL) to create solutions for tsunami evacuation route wayfinding and signage in the coastal community of Cannon Beach, Oregon. This report generated pattern languages that could be applied broadly to the problem at hand. The best way to organize the system and the developed patterns was a before, during, and after sequence. The first "Up and Out" project report documented the findings in Cannon Beach and the recommendations for improvements using the pattern language framework as a guide.

In 2015, OEM hired the PUARL for a second report, this time for the two coastal Oregon communities of Seaside and Warrenton. This project builds upon the research and recommendations of the prior report but takes it a step further by developing specific project languages and design recommendations for these two communities along critical evacuation routes in the two towns.

The goal for the second phase is that these specific solutions are community-driven through the process of research, testing, and a community design charrette. As the project manager, my job was to prepare and coordinate the community member and stakeholder design charrette. I facilitated research trips and meetings with our faculty advisor and the research team as well as check-ins with the project advisor, Dr. Althea Rizzo, the Geologic Hazards Program Coordinator for OEM. Managing the project to successful completion meant ensuring that the team completed the goals on time and on budget.

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 The community member and stakeholder design charrette on May 14, 2015 was extremely successful in gaining insights on how these coastal communities are progressing in updating the tsunami evacuation system. It gave us fresh ideas and a way to have the voices of people who live and work in these communities be a part of the solution.

The community member and stakeholder design charrette on May 14, 2015 was extremely successful in gaining insights on how these coastal communities are progressing in updating the tsunami evacuation system. It gave us fresh ideas and a way to have the voices of people who live and work in these communities be a part of the solution.

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 The Construction Specifications Institute approached the PUARL team to do a presentation for the 2015 Industry Forum.  Hannah Pempus and Kaeli Nolte presented an adaptation of the research being done with a focus on the wayfinding chain titled, "The Art of Wayfinding: Designing a Tsunami Survival Language on the Oregon Coast."  Full video can be found on YouTube  HERE .  Presentation begins at minute 52:50

The Construction Specifications Institute approached the PUARL team to do a presentation for the 2015 Industry Forum.

Hannah Pempus and Kaeli Nolte presented an adaptation of the research being done with a focus on the wayfinding chain titled, "The Art of Wayfinding: Designing a Tsunami Survival Language on the Oregon Coast."

Full video can be found on YouTube HERE.

Presentation begins at minute 52:50

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