Postscript On Storm Signal — 07.30.2020

Green Papaya Art Projects was located at the corner of Teodoro Gener Street and Kamuning Road. It sat strategically on an elevated area that never gets flooded. On the other hand, floods on its neighboring streets can rise up to 4 feet during heavy rains and typhoons.

⁣⁣The location of the wooden 1940s house was ideal for the Storm Signal Community Outpost (July 23 anecdote). It had a deck on the second floor overlooking the neighborhood which was a good vantage point for monitoring a calamity.⁣⁣

The plan was to stock Papaya with emergency provisions, two-way radios, and a small inflatable rubber boat. When PAGASA declares Signal #1, the emergency Storm Signal flag will be hoisted out on the deck and alert volunteers. But this was way before both the pandemic and the fire that razed Papaya last June 3, 2020.⁣⁣

Storm Signal Community Outpost and Design for Villages (D4V), two ambitious projects that needed long-term funding, have not been realized. And considering Papaya’s closing in 2021, these projects will remain in our archive as failed attempts to serve certain communities.

⁣⁣Norberto Roldan⁣
July 30, 2020⁣

Design for the Storm Signal flag to be hoisted outside Papaya’s deck once outpost is activated⁣.

Mary Mattingly’s workshop guide question: How can we use art and creativity to tap into new solutions for our everyday surroundings?⁣

Merv Espina assisting Mary assemble a spherical dome for a mobile architecture⁣.

Participants working on the sphere structure day and night⁣.

Participants working on the sphere structure day and night⁣.

Work-in-progress prototype of a spherical mobile architecture⁣.

Exhibition of prototypes showing Natalie Dagmang’s study for a “life boat”⁣

Another “life boat” by Natalie⁣.

Storm Signal Community Outpost proposed area of operation.