Open Lecture with Marie Aquilino, Post-disaster reconstruction specialist

By March 1, 2013 Blog, Events, Featured


Join us for our final open lecture on Monday May 4th, featuring one of our past professors Marie Aquilino, post-disaster reconstruction specialist who will discuss her approach to the reconstrucction effort in Titanyen, Haiti, in the search of coherency and equity in the rebuilding process.

The lecture will take place at ESARQ-UIC in the Aula Alfa at 7pm. In her lecture, post-disaster reconstruction specialist Marie Aquilino explores new planning tools for peri-urban development in Titanyen, Haiti that recast our understanding and approach to scale as well as suggest new ways of working with modules that emerge from pertinent, manual gestures to become adaptive strategies within existing systems. For architects to have a place in recovery that is not rooted solely in building technologies, they must gain confidence to read the process differently–through an understanding of government, money, and land. Smarter choices and good decisions are the result of invested systems that can justify and leverage limited resources and capacities into a broad and coherent vision for reconstruction that is fair and equitable over time. Aquilino and her team are exploring this process through constant acts of abiding.

Marie Aquilino (PhD, Brown University) is professor of architectural history and a specialist in contemporary urban redevelopment at Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture, where she leads a program that educates and trains architecture students to work in the context of extreme need and crisis in the developing world. She is currently part of an international working group on the reconstruction of Haiti, and is a recent laureate of the Partner University Fund for her work in Titanyen. Marie is also the editor and one of the authors of Beyond Shelter: Architecture and Human Dignity (Metropolis Books, 2011), which features 25 reports from the field by leaders of architecture studios, engineering firms, non-profits, research centers, and international agencies that are working to provide sustainable recovery efforts in a wide range of urban and rural locales. Since the book’s release, she has continued to advocate for a sea change, one that radically shifts our thinking and practice from short-term emergency aid to investment in long-term development.

Don’t miss it…and feel free to let us know you’re coming on Facebook!

One Comment

  • celine says:

    It’s so terrible after a disaster like these for the town and cities they crush. It also gives opportunity for people to do good and rebuild for the unfortunate who lost their homes. Thanks so much for sharing!

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