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1st Edition

Rebuilding After Disasters
From Emergency to Sustainability

ISBN 9780415472548
Published September 9, 2009 by Routledge
306 Pages

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Book Description

Disasters are not natural. Natural events such as earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, etc. become disasters because of the fragile relations that exist between the natural, human and built environments. Sadly, major disasters will always occur in towns and cities in the developing world where resources are limited, people are vulnerable and needs are particularly great. The prevailing state of emergency challenges thoughtful and sustainable planning and construction. Yet it is possible, in theory and in practice, to construct them in a way that provides a sustainable environment and improved conditions for current and future generations.

Rebuilding After Disasters emphasizes the role of the built environment  in the re-establishment of lives and sustainable livelihoods after disasters. Expert contributors explain the principal challenges facing professionals and practitioners in the building industry.

This book will be of great value to decision makers, students and researchers in the fields of architecture, social sciences, engineering, planning, geography, and disaster recovery.


Table of Contents

Preface - Hernado de Soto 1.Rebuilding after Disasters - Gonzalo Lizarralde, Cassidy Johnson and Colin Davidson  2.Post-disaster Low-cost Housing Solutions - Gonzalo Lizarralde  3.Appropriate Technology for Post-disaster Reconstruction - Rohit Jigyasu 4.Planning for Temporary Housing - Cassidy Johnson 5.Multi-actor Arrangements and Project Management - Colin Davidson 6.Stakeholder Participation in Post-disaster Reconstruction Programmes - Isabelle Mamet and James Amdal  7.Surviving the Second Tsunami - Graeme Bristol  8.Who Governs Reconstruction? - Jennifer Duyne Barenstein 9.The Politics of Participation - Alicia Sliwinski 10.User Requirements and Responsible Reconstruction - Nese Dikmen 11.Space and Place after Natural Disasters and Forced Displacement - Roger Zetter and Camillo Boano 12.The Importance of Institutional and Community Resilience in Post-disaster Reconstruction - Lee Bosher 13.From Complexity to Strategic Planning for Sustainable Reconstruction - Gonzalo Lizarralde, Cassidy Johnson and Colin Davidson

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Gonzalo Lizarralde is an architect and Director of grif (the IF Research Group) at the Université de Montréal, Canada.

Cassidy Johnson is Lecturer at the Development Planning Unit, University College London and Director of the MSc programme in Building and Urban Design.

Colin Davidson is Emeritus Professor of Architecture, at the Université de Montréal, Canada.

They are the founding members of i-Rec – Information and Research for Reconstruction –  an international network of researchers and practitioners involved in post-natural-disaster reconstruction.


"This book is rich in both theoretical models and field observations. It does well to unite them, but its greatest strength is that it is not afraid to face up to the complexity of the reconstruction process and question years of orthodox but inadequate practices." – Construction Management and Economics

Rebuilding After Disasters: From Emergency to Sustainability, features surveys conducted on-site, studies and compares recent post-disaster intervention efforts, and identifies the strategies that can turn a crisis into an opportunity to improve town planning and long-term reconstruction.”Boundaries