Beyond Shelter: Architecture and Human Dignity

September 29th 2011, 7:00 pm — 8:30 pm

Location: Mercy Corps Action Center

Hear Marie J. Aquilino discuss Beyond Shelter: Architecture and Human Dignity, a collection of essays about how some of the world’s most provocative architecture and engineering firms, nonprofits and research centers are evolving the way we think about disaster recovery solutions. This event is free and open to the public.

Why are we so unprepared after every disaster? Our reaction is more surprise than readiness. Bad construction can worsen the crisis. Survivors and well-meaning volunteers need experts to guide them toward safe, long-term, locally appropriate solutions. In the future we must do much, much more with much, much less. The lessons in this book move us well toward that important goal. – Bryan Bell, founder, Design Corps

The rate of natural disasters is increasing and so is the need to help rebuild the communities and lives of those affected. Across the world, there is a huge effort to help communities recover and rebuild; helping to bridge the gap that separates short-term solutions from long-term sustainable recovery. In Beyond Shelter, stories from the field illustrate how some of the world’s most provocative architecture and engineering firms, as well as nonprofits and research centers are evolving the way we think about disaster recovery solutions. Some of the topics discussed in the book include: Architecture after disaster; the role of governments; urban risk, environmental resilience, teaching as strategic action and the feasibility of prevention.

Marie J. Aquilino is a professor of architectural history at the École Spéciale d’Architecture (ESA) in Paris and is developing a program to train architecture students to work in contexts of extreme need in the developing world. Aquilino is collaborating with the International Federation of the Red Cross to set up a working group on the reconstruction of Haiti, and serves as associate program director of the BaSiC Initiative.

What: Architectural Historian, Marie J Aquilino, discusses Beyond Shelter: Architecture and Human Dignity, a collection of essays about temporary settlements. This event is free and open to the public.

When: 7 pm, Thursday, September 29, 2011; Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Where: Mercy Corps Action Center, 28 SW 1st Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97204; 503-896-5002.