About this Blog

This is the Blog of Live Project 11 - Shelter Library, a live project undertaken during autumn 2008 by MArch Students from Sheffield School of Architecture.

Shelter Library is the key information resource for the humanitarian shelter sector. Shelter Centre the client for this Live Project are an International NGO based in Geneva. They work to support communities impacted by conflicts and natural disasters by serving collaboration and consensus in the humanitarian shelter sector.

Our project wrapped in late November 2008 the work of shelter centre continues however as does the Live Project Programme at SSoA, for further information please follow the links.

We hope you enjoy, play safe now

7 Nov 2008

Presentation, Feedback and Wrap

The LP 11 team presented the culmination of the past 6 weeks work in Sheffield this morning to a packed audience of our tutors and students of the School of Architecture. The Shelter Library presentation provoked an animated debate from the floor, questions covered by elements of our work excluded from the presentation or by features already present on the Shelter Centre Website. Clearly, the early concerns we harboured as a team, as to the challenge we faced in communicating the complexities of the project, paid off and our audience appeared to grasp the nature of what we'd been engaged in.

Graphic used in the presentation to explain our searching methodologies
The presentation outlined briefly what Shelter Centre is, how they fit into a picture of the Humanitarian Shelter Sector and how this fits into the wider mesh of Humanitarianism. Lorenzo then outlined how we'd undertaken content sourcing and our achievement of 450 documents at an upload factor of over 80%. Tom covered the expansion of our remit into the development of a Standard Operating Procedure to ensure a legacy document for the Live Project and as sustainability guarantor for the Shelter Library, this document, as discussed by Sarah Considine, opens up the chance, to Shelter Centre, to engage external volunteers in content searching without a fear of mis-communicated quality control levels.Printed copies of our S.O.P.
Our conclusion to the presentation and the project as a whole was put by Sarah Hunt, who pointed out that whilst not overtly architectural in appearance, this project called upon not only the strategic and managerial skills of every team member, it demanded constant engagement of our design sensibilities. The 'Product' is not a formal confection rather it is an informational structure of some elegance and on a virtual level beauty.

This post comprises the closing of our activities on this project and weblog. Funding forthcoming, our results will be presented to the bi-annual Shelter Meeting, being held in Brussels on November 19-22 and our entries will be uploaded some time during November to join the Shelter Library.

Thanks for reading

3 Nov 2008

Stakeholder diagram

Shelter Centre Stakeholder Diagram

This diagram outlines Shelter Centre's partner agencies. Unlike other stakeholder diagrams with a leading organisation or an agency at the top of the chain, the Shelter Centre stakeholder relationship can be better described by a spider diagram. Shelter Centre acts as the body providing information and support to the overall Humanitarian Shelter Community.
The group have divided into three smaller sub-groups today to target the following tasks:

Team One
Are continuing the content search
Team Two
Is starting work on our other main deliverable the S.O.P. for maintaining the libarary
Team Three
Is starting the overall Live Project documentation and presentation.