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The Martin Centre Research Seminar Series: The Architecture of Recovery

Ian Davis (Visiting Professor in Disaster Risk Management in Copenhagen, Kyoto, Lund and Oxford Brookes Universities)
When May 21, 2014
from 01:15 PM to 02:15 PM
Where Lecture Room 1, Department of Architecture
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Disaster recovery poses a dilemma for political leaders and related professionals: to rebuild the status-quo or grasp opportunities for reform? A further challenge concerns balancing ‘sectoral integration’ of physical recovery with psycho-social, economic, environmental and governmental recovery processes. The ‘architecture of recovery’ also relates to the form, structure and organisation of the processes of recovery management. Examples will be highlighted of successful reconstruction as well as some dismal failures and suggestions will be made for recovery architecture that is safer and better than failed dwellings, villages, towns, cities or regions.

Ian Davis, an architect, is Visiting Professor in Disaster Risk Management in Copenhagen, Kyoto, Lund and Oxford Brookes Universities. Since his PhD in ‘Shelter After Disaster’ in UCL, his research on Risk Reduction and Recovery has extended over 42 years. His work included Board Membership of four NGO’s, advisor to Governments/ UN Agencies and author/ editor of 17 books. He was awarded the 1996 UN Sasakawa Award for his contribution to Disaster Prevention. The 1982 ‘UN Shelter Guidelines’ he edited, are currently being ‘refreshed’ and a co-authored book on ‘Disaster Recovery’, is due in 2014.