Discovery News has a piece up on Doctors Without Borders use of inflatable hospitals. These are vital in places like Haiti where infrastructure is so compromised and injuries so severe that a hospital needs to literally appear out of thin air.
The article cites a Plain Dealer Infographic on how the hospitals work and highlights the work of Cleveland area company FSI North America.
It’s all a reminder that true ingenuity can be fun but it can also save lives.
From Discovery News (read the full article here):
It’s exactly what it sounds like: a temporary hospital with inflatable components that can be deployed whenever needed. Doctors Without Borders has been employing them for years, including an impressive inflatable nine-tent, 120-bed center in Pakistan following a 7.6 magnitude earthquake there in 2005. The hospital post-and-beam frames can be made from the same fabric in inflatable lifeboats. Nylon interior and exterior walls leave space for air to create an insulating effect. The Cleveland Plain Dealer created an infographic showing one kind of inflatable hospital.
We’ve got nothing against the National Hamburger Festival, but we think we’re tops when it comes to Festivals in the area. Here’s the thing…somehow we were overlooked in the nominations for Best Festival in Cleveland from Metromix! Here’s how you can help us rectify the situation:
Go to this link: http://cleveland.metromix.com/events/best-of-award/festival/1701856/content
And ‘write-in’ Ingenuity in the comments section. Or vote for the Hamburger festival. We don’t want to sway the democratic process, just keep people informed. But seriously, write-in Ingenuity.
Also, if you could include http://www.ingenuitycleveland.com in your comment so much the better. Something along the lines of “I really enjoyed the Hamburger festival, but check out ingenuitycleveland.com. Those folks know how to put on a non-hamburger festival.”
That’ll do just fine… Thanks!
Ingenuity favorite Lisa Lock will be presenting Concentric Cycles, a piece that she choreographed and will perform at the Cleveland Public Theatre February 19 – 21.
Choreographed by Lisa K. Lock and Performed by Amy Compton and Lisa K. Lock.
As time passes, memories weave a fabric that connects with the present, shaping every moment of our lives. A mysterious karmic tale that spans a life time repetitively gives second chances and allows for grasping wisdom through mistakes made in the heat of passion.
Choreographer and performer Lisa K. Lock’s new work ponders questions about the privilege of owning a body, in a fable of incarnating souls. Memories are made visible with an unrolling large red train, at times decorative and at times limiting, it is a metaphor for the fabric of life, the red thread, and a bloody past.
Collaborators include Larry Coleman (video and PR), Paul Gurgol (artistic advisor) and Russ Borski (costume designer).
This piece will be presented along with other terrific pieces at CPT’s Big Box Series. It’s 11 pieces presented over eight weekends. Read about all of them here and go see them!
A documentary that was previously featured at the Ingenuity Festival was aired recently on CNBC. If you missed it, you can download it from iTunes, here: Link
You can read the full press release here: Link
Welcome to Macintosh Documentary Gets CNBC Exclusive
… Film Festival, the 1st Ann. Naperville Independent Film Fest, the Texandance International Film Festival as well as the Cleveland Ingenuity Festival.
So the brand new Ingenuity T-shirt is up and for sale. The graphic was designed by David Jurca and Gauri Torgalkar and looks terrific. They’re available through the website Zazzle so there are dozens of sizes, colors and styles available.
Just a note on the price — basically we’re using Zazzle which allows us to have t-shirts printed on-demand so it’s always going to be a little bit more expensive that way. It saves the festival the overhead of pre-ordering a bunch of shirts and processing the orders. So think of the few extra bucks your paying as that much more time and effort we can put into putting on a great festival in 2010. Also, if you buy a bunch in bulk, you get a discount. Up to 30%. So if you have a lot of friends and you pool your money…
Also, buying one of these shirts supports the festival — not just with money, but with visibility. Buy one, look great wearing it, and wear it out around town. Or give it to someone who will. It’s a great way to be part of something good in Cleveland!
Buy them at Zazzle here: Link