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At the Convention: Disaster Assistance and Architecture

If there’s a mild silver lining to the seemingly endless parade of natural and man-made disasters of the last few years (Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf; earthquakes in Haiti, China, and Chile), it’s that design and disaster have become more and more twinned in the public consciousness. This sub-theme of the AIA 2011 National Convention in New Orleans will be represented with sessions and events that acknowledge design as both the long-term solution to extricating cities and town from the grips of recent disasters, and the key to mitigating the future impact of disasters. Aside from being an urban laboratory of post-disaster development itself, the New Orleans convention will look at how other cities prepare for disasters through urban planning, what the proper role of an architect is during a calamity, and how to form and manage disaster assistance teams in your own community.

AIA Disaster Assistance Program: A Comprehensive Training—8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., May 11

Architects: A Resource Before and After a Disaster—4:15-5:15 p.m., May 12

Beyond Disaster Mitigation: An AIA Architect in Haiti—7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m., May 13

From New Orleans to Detroit: Reinventing in the Wake of Disaster—4:00-5:30 p.m., May 12

Costal Resilience: Design Considerations at All Scales--4:00-5:30 p.m., May 12

 

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