Key Lessons from RMIT’s Design, Disaster and Development Forum

By October 8, 2018 Blog

A new report outlines the key takeaways from the Design, Disaster & Development Research Forum that took place July 6th at RMIT Europe’s headquarters in Barcelona, which focused on the pedagogic, spatial and research challenges of global mobility, migration and social inequality.

Co-organised by our university—UIC Barcelona School of Architecture—together with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) and Oxford Brookes University, the forum gathered prominent European scholars in the field of emergency architecture to discuss things like practical experience, teaching and research in areas including disaster risk reduction, mass immigration, city resilience and recovery processes in both industrialized and developing countries.

Under the theme How do we deal with the pedagogic, spatial and research challenges of global mobility, migration and social inequality? the event featured representatives from a dozen academic and non-governmental institutions, including the universities of Oslo, Lisbon, Westminster, Aalto and ETH Zurich, as well as UN-Habitat and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Carmen Mendoza Arroyo participated on behalf of our university and as director of our master program, pointing out that “design is a right for people affected by emergency situations. We need to look at ways in which the communities affected by crises or catastrophes can take part in the ensuing reconstruction processes.”

 

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