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Zones of Emergency » FEMA Trailer Project

FEMA Trailer Project

The FEMA Trailer Project is a cross-disciplinary, service-learning, hands-on design-build project as part of the course “Understanding the Problem: Research as Artistic Practice” in the MIT Visual Arts Program. The Project brings together a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students and departments across MIT to research historical, social, and design aspects of surplus FEMA Trailers and develop proposals for the eventual transformation of a surplus FEMA trailer into an alternative vehicle which critically addresses the frequency and complexity of emergencies and disasters in contemporary society. The FEMA Trailer Project will identify and work with a community partner to convert the trailer and donate the transformed trailer to a community. A surplus FEMA Trailer, donated by FEMA via the Federal Surplus and Law Enforcement Property Division, will be initially sited near MIT and will be initially sited near MIT and will serve as a temporary exhibition space for the interim Center for Art Media and Politics while it awaits transformation and donation.

Team

  • Ute Meta Bauer, Assoc. Professor and Director, Visual Arts Program, Dept of Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning
  • Jae Rhim Lee SMVisS ‘06, Visiting Lecturer, Visual Arts Program, Dept of Architecture, School of Architecture and Planning
  • Allison Dee UG ‘09, UROP, Management Sciences
  • Maryann Chu UG ‘08, UROP, Civil Engineering
  • Jason Rockwood G’09, Comparative Media Studies
  • Priyanka Shah G’08, Teaching Assistant, DUSP/Architecture
  • Jegan Vincent De Paul G’09, Teaching Assistant, Visual Arts Program