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Why Should We Invest in Mitigation Instead of Reconstruction? Chile's Resiliency is a Good Example

07:00 - 5 July, 2019
Why Should We Invest in Mitigation Instead of Reconstruction? Chile's Resiliency is a Good Example, © Carolina Barría Kemp, under license <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>. ImageThe eruption of the Calbuco volcano (2015) seen from Puerto Montt
© Carolina Barría Kemp, under license CC BY-SA 2.0. ImageThe eruption of the Calbuco volcano (2015) seen from Puerto Montt

Chile is a country used to natural disasters as much as to the reconstruction process. However, the frequency of these cycles has increased over the years. According to the Ministry of Interior (Homeland), 43% of all natural disasters recorded in Chile since 1960 happened between 2014 and 2017. In fact, the government is already involved in several reconstruction processes across the country.

Designed by Teodoro Fernández Arquitectos, Kaukari Urban Park turned the channel of the Copiapó River into an accessible urban green space, capable of controling potential floods, just as it happened in 2015. Image © Rodrigo Opazo Designed by Sebastian Irarrázaval, the Constitución Public Library was part of a public-private initiative taken to rebuild the city of Constitución after 2010 Chile earthquake. Image © Felipe Díaz Contardo Designed by PLAN Arquitectos, Constitución's Consistorial Town Hall was part of the reconstruction of the city after 2010 Chile earthquake. Image © Pablo Blanco Villa Verde Housing / ELEMENTAL. Image © Suyin Chia + 7

How Cities have Rebuilt from the Ashes

09:30 - 18 September, 2018
How Cities have Rebuilt from the Ashes, Image via PXHere
Image via PXHere

Every city has a story. Throughout history, many natural and man-made changes have altered the way cities were originally laid out. For some, the urban form developed as a result of political disputes, religious separations, or class divides. For others, a more mixed approach has allowed for uniquely mixed cultural atmospheres. And while development of cities is typically slow, occasionally cities experience dramatic and immediate changes to the urban fabric - the results of natural disaster, military conflict, or industrial catastrophe.

What happens next - if anything - can reveal a great deal about not just the city itself, but the local culture. Do cities rebuild exactly as they were? Or do they use disaster as an opportunity to reinvent themselves? The following is a roundup of cities that have moved past catastrophe to be reborn from the ashes.

Dresden - Now. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia User Ingersoll Licensed Under Public Domain Dresden - Before. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia User AndreasPraefcke CC BY 3.0 Berlin Reichstag. Image Courtesy of Wikimedia User Fae Licensed Under Public Domain Lisbon. Image Courtesy of PIxabay + 42

Call for Entries: ETAR Museum Hotel Architectural Competition

14:25 - 6 December, 2017
Call for Entries: ETAR Museum Hotel Architectural Competition, ETAR MUSEUM HOTEL
ETAR MUSEUM HOTEL

Open Аir Ethnographic Museum "Etar" and the Municipality of Gabrovo with the support of the Chamber of Architects in Bulgaria and the Union of Architects in Bulgaria are announcing the National One-stage Anonymous Architectural Competition ETAR MUSEUM HOTEL. The main objective of the competition is to achieve an expert, transparent and motivated choice of a conceptual architectural project for reconstruction of the Strannopriemnitsa Hotel, part of the most visited group tourist destination in Bulgaria.

Jintai Village Reconstruction / Rural Urban Framework

03:00 - 2 November, 2017
Jintai Village Reconstruction / Rural Urban Framework, via Rural Urban Framework
via Rural Urban Framework

via Rural Urban Framework via Rural Urban Framework via Rural Urban Framework via Rural Urban Framework + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjiang, Bazhong, Sichuan, China
  • Category

  • Design

    John Lin, Joshua Bolchover
  • Landscape Design

    Dorothy Tang
  • Area

    4000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014

Kleinewelt Architekten and Citizenstudio Envision Moscow's Gateway to the Five Seas

12:00 - 16 September, 2017
Kleinewelt Architekten and Citizenstudio Envision Moscow's Gateway to the Five Seas, Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten bureau
Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten bureau

Kleinewelt Architekten in partnership with Citizenstudio / Gorozhane Group, created a re-design proposal for the Northern River Boat Station Park, also known as the Park of Five Seas, in Moscow. Built in the 1930’s, the current park is supposed to act as the city’s gateway to the five seas: the White, Baltic, Black, Azov, and Caspian Sea. However, the park is removed from city life and separates Moscow from it’s historic waterways.

Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten bureau Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten bureau Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten bureau Courtesy of Kleinewelt Architekten bureau + 20

Lecture: Atelier Bow-Wow, "Architects in Post-Disaster Reconstruction"

18:07 - 2 May, 2017
Lecture: Atelier Bow-Wow, "Architects in Post-Disaster Reconstruction", Momoyo Kajima, co-founder of Atelier Bow-Wow. Photo courtesy of Atelier Bow-Wow.
Momoyo Kajima, co-founder of Atelier Bow-Wow. Photo courtesy of Atelier Bow-Wow.

“I came to the conclusion that recovery from Great East Japan Earthquake should be compared to Japan’s recovery from the World War II.” —Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Co-founder, Atelier Bow-Wow and member of ArchiAid

Architects Momoyo Kaijima and Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, co-founders of the highly regarded architectural firm Atelier Bow-Wow in Tokyo, discuss the architect's role in post-disaster revitalization, and their findings from their work in Tohoku for the last six years.

Resilience by Design Nepal 2016

17:00 - 22 June, 2016
Resilience by Design Nepal 2016, Resilience by Design Nepal 2016 - Reactivating traditional urban settlements through integrated design, planning and building strategies
Resilience by Design Nepal 2016 - Reactivating traditional urban settlements through integrated design, planning and building strategies

Resilience by Design Nepal 2016
Reactivating traditional urban settlements through integrated design, planning and building strategies.

Conference: Iraq Architecture and Planning 2016

08:00 - 13 November, 2015
Conference: Iraq Architecture and Planning 2016

Al-Kindi Society for Engineers will be holding its annual engineering forum in London, titled “Iraq Architecture and Planning 2016”.

The forum will be held on Saturday the 09th January 2016 and will be attended by a host of distinguished professionals from international high profile engineering and architectural firms.

The forum will be held as a 1-day symposium and will feature expert speakers and presenters. It will also be complemented by a range of activities including an exhibition on architecture and technology.

The Challenges of Post-Disaster Design

00:00 - 5 December, 2013
The Challenges of Post-Disaster Design, Courtesy of Flickr User mansunides
Courtesy of Flickr User mansunides

In the wake of the destruction of Typhoon Haiyan, architects were asking: "couldn't we have avoided this?" Technically, yes. But while the opportunity to build better exists, such measures are often expensive - and in poverty-stricken areas like the Philippines - cost-prohibitive. A recently published article by Carey Dunne on Co.Design breaks down why disaster-proof construction is such a complex challenge.

MASS Design Group's Proposal to Reconstruct Haitian Hospital

01:00 - 8 October, 2013
MASS Design Group's Proposal to Reconstruct Haitian Hospital, Courtesy of MASS Design Group
Courtesy of MASS Design Group

In September 2012, the Haitian Ministry of Economy and Finance called for the reconstruction of the hospital of the State University of Haiti, a medical facility located in the heart of Port-au-Prince that has been operating in ruins since the 2010 earthquake. After the Ministry received large development grants from the US and France, the challenge for designers was to create an earthquake resistant hospital within the $48 million budget, while also phasing the construction to maintain an operational capacity of 500 beds. MASS Design Group was one of the design teams to come up with such a proposal.

For the team's project description, read on.

East River Blueway Plan / WXY Studio: New York City's Plan for Flood Barrier Along East River

00:00 - 15 February, 2013
East River Blueway Plan / WXY Studio: New York City's Plan for Flood Barrier Along East River, East River Blueway Plan / WXY Studio
East River Blueway Plan / WXY Studio

The City of New York has long awaited renovations to the East River Greenway; squeezed between the FDR Drive to the west and the river to East, there are a few scattered public parks connected by a path that has been weathered and torn apart over the years.  The proposed Blueway is a coordinated collaboration between Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Community Boards 3 and 6, State Assembly  Member Brian Kavanaugh and architecture and urban design firm WXY along that takes suggestions from the general public to develop a scheme that works within the framework of the existing Greenway and provides specific sites of waterfront access, development of wetlands and connectivity to the city and its waterways.  The stretch along the greenway that is the focus of the scheme developed by WXY runs from Midtown East at 38th street to the Brooklyn Bridge.