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How Shoddily Constructed Buildings Become Weapons of Mass Destruction

How Shoddily Constructed Buildings Become Weapons of Mass Destruction
How Shoddily Constructed Buildings Become Weapons of Mass Destruction, Maria Auxiliadora School / Architecture for Humanity
Maria Auxiliadora School / Architecture for Humanity

Why is it that the Bay Area can suffer a 6.9 earthquake and lose just 63 people, while Haiti suffers a slightly stronger quake and loses about 100,000? The answer: shoddy construction. As Bryan Walsh of TIME points out, “We tend to focus on the size of an earthquake, but death toll has more to do with the quality of buildings. [...] Poverty — and even more, poor governance and corruption — is the multiplier of natural disasters. [...] That’s why one of the most vulnerable places in the world is south-central Asia.” Learn more about the dangers of poorly constructed buildings here and see what the "true value" of architecture is here.

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Cite: Karissa Rosenfield. "How Shoddily Constructed Buildings Become Weapons of Mass Destruction" 16 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/416646/how-shoddily-constructed-buildings-become-weapons-of-mass-destruction/> ISSN 0719-8884
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