Hurricane Sandy: Reconstruction not so easy for some

November 2nd, 2012  |  by admin  |  published in Blog, NewsBites

Hurricane Sandy: Reconstruction not so easy for some

Though Hurricane Sandy made most of the headlines as it unleashed its wrath on the U.S. east coast, it left plenty of casualties and damage on its way there. Now comes the hard part for all of those hit by the superstorm: recovering after disaster, and most importantly, preparing for future ones. Architects, planners and [...]

Disaster reconstruction at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale

October 5th, 2012  |  by admin  |  published in Blog, NewsBites

Disaster reconstruction at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale

At the Venice Biennale this past summer, post-disaster reconstruction in Japan after the Tohoku earthquake was one of the major themes. The Japanese Pavilion showcased a series of projects by young Japanese architects, and the Common Ground exhibition featured a project by Sanaa. In case you missed it, here is a quick round up of [...]

Team Japan Blogs from Nagaoka

March 7th, 2012  |  by admin  |  published in Internships 2012, Student Blog

Team Japan Blogs from Nagaoka

Our students Ella Chau, Wan-Ting Chiang, John Holm, and Tommaso Sacconi are currently in Nagaoka, Japan for their internship with architect and earthquake disaster prevention expert Norio Maki, guest professor of the course who participated in our Rebuilding Japan conference back in December. Make sure to follow their updates here on the student blog and [...]

Guest Professor Nathaniel Corum on the Rio Floods Project

January 17th, 2012  |  by admin  |  published in Blog, Featured

Guest Professor Nathaniel Corum on the Rio Floods Project

Currently into his second week, head of educational outreach for Architecture for Humanity Nathaniel Corum is at the ESARQ-UIC leading a special 3-week workshop with our students that aims to develop a series of proposals for a real-life project currently taking shape in Brazil, sponsored by Nike Gamechangers and led by Architecture for Humanity. The [...]

Rebuilding Japan: Guest Professor Norio Maki

January 11th, 2012  |  by admin  |  published in Blog, NewsBites

Rebuilding Japan: Guest Professor Norio Maki

Just before the holiday, our students took part in a workshop led by Japanese architects experts in disaster reconstruction. Professors Norio Maki of Kyoto University’s Research Centre for Disaster Reduction Systems, Masahiro Sawada of Nagaoka Institute of Design’s Department of Architecture and Environmental Design, and Ikuo Kobayashi of Kobe Yamate University shared their expertise gathered [...]

Rebuilding Japan Conference featured in El Pais

January 10th, 2012  |  by admin  |  published in Blog, NewsBites

Rebuilding Japan Conference featured in El Pais

Rebuilding Japan Conference 12 Dec 2011, COAC, Barcelona. From left to right: Ikuo Kobayashi, Masahiro Sawada, Toni Casamor (COAC), Giovanna Carnevali (masters director), Moriko Kira, and Norio Maki Following our open conference Rebuilding Japan: Lessons in architectural response held in December, Spain’s leading newspaper El País covered the event in this article, laying out the [...]

Dan Lewis of UN Habitat on Disaster Management

November 25th, 2011  |  by admin  |  published in Blog, Featured

Dan Lewis of UN Habitat on Disaster Management

One of our latest guest professor duos, Dan Lewis and Estaban León of UN Habitat’s Disaster and Risk Management Branch based in Nairobi, Kenya, led a workshop with our students exploring dimensions of new thinking addressing urban-based crisis prevention and response. By placing the students in real-life situations in crisis such as Pakistan and Haiti, [...]

Habitat for Humanity Releases Shelter Report 2012

October 4th, 2011  |  by admin  |  published in Blog, NewsBites

Habitat for Humanity Releases Shelter Report 2012

The nonprofit housing organization Habitat for Humanity International has just released its “Shelter Report 2012 – Build Hope: Housing Cities after a Disaster,” which highlights the urgent need for safer urban housing conditions to improve resilience and recovery after disasters. “Natural disasters are a fact of life. In recent years, earthquakes have shaken Japan, China, [...]

WAF 2011 Spotlights Disaster Reconstruction

September 30th, 2011  |  by admin  |  published in Blog, NewsBites

WAF 2011 Spotlights Disaster Reconstruction

The World Architecture Festival that takes place in Barcelona every fall has announced today that the major themes for this year’s edition will focus on “making a difference” and “responding to disaster.” It comes as no surprise, as the effects of poverty and natural catastrophes become more frequent and so does the architect’s role in [...]

Architect Magazine’s Humanitarian Issue

September 27th, 2011  |  by admin  |  published in Blog, NewsBites

Architect Magazine's Humanitarian Issue

The September issue of Architect Magazine has devoted its pages to the practice of emergency architecture through a series of articles, interviews and infographics that highlights different approaches to disaster reconstruction and sheds light on both their potential strengths and weaknesses. Here is a brief overview and link to each of the articles included in [...]

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