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Episode 83 | Human-powered Resilience in Action

Hsieh Ying-Chun is a leading Taiwanese architect and contractor who works throughout Asia, training villagers to build locally appropriate dwellings in response to earthquake devastation. Hsieh Ying-Chun joins host Eric Cesal to talk about how people can power rebuilding after disaster.

Episode 83 | Human-powered Resilience in Action

Hsieh Ying-Chun is a Taiwanese architect and contractor. He specializes in human-based responses to disaster.

Hsieh’s approach to disaster began in response to the 1999 Earthquake which devastated Taiwan. Hsieh moved his firm to an area severely affected by the quake and began working closely with a local tribe, the Thao, to rebuild their community.

Hsieh has since gained further recognition for his work with the architecture collaborative, WEAK!, at the 2009 Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture, while building thousands of sustainable and cost-efficient homes for disaster survivors throughout East Asia.

Through a combination of indigenous and modern building techniques, Hsieh designs houses with local reused and reusable materials. His practice encourages local people to take part in the construction process and believes that involving locals helps to rebuild not only the physical, but also the emotional fabric of communities affected by disasters. Hsieh won the 2011 Curry Stone Design Prize for his innovative and inclusive building practices.

Join host Eric Cesal as we speak with Hsieh about this, and more.


Social Design Insights would like to thank all those who make our weekly show possible: Baruch Zeichner, our Producer and Sound Engineer, Donna Read, for producing our video content, and Leah Freidenrich, Director of the Curry Stone Foundation. Our theme music for 2018 is "Alright With Me" by Reggie Young from his album "Young Street." The break music for this episode is Ray of Light - Summer Solstice from the Chai Found Music Workshop.