What can architects learn from the tornado in Joplin, Missouri?

In 2011, an EF-5 tornado left a one-mile-wide and six-mile-long path of destruction.

Joplin Charrette Report

On May 22, 2011, an EF-5 tornado tore through the town of Joplin, Missouri leaving a one-mile-wide and six mile-long path of destruction in its wake. As soon as the tornado was over, the town, region, and country came to the aid of the people of Joplin. AIA was one of the groups that answered the call.

The report details how AIA Springfield established a partnership with the city of Joplin and how AIA Springfield hosted a two-day charrette addressing Infrastructure and Environment, Housing and Neighborhoods, School and Community Facilities, and Economic Development. The report is an important “how-to” with many lessons learned for AIA members and components looking to position themselves as a resource for their communities.

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Joplin Charrette Report

Gunnar Hand, AICP