This book discusses that disasters, whether natural or man-made, are essentially a humanÃÂ phenomenon.ÃÂ WhenÃÂ a city becomes gridlocked and its resources depleted, the collective resilience of those whoÃÂ remain on the ground becomes critical to its immediate survival and recovery. The author argues that in order to build resilientÃÂ futures for our urban environment, we need more than the skills of architects, engineers, andÃÂ planners. Support of local communities and policymakers is also needed.ÃÂ
The book revisits theÃÂ recent catastrophic events: the earthquakes in Port-au-Prince and Christchurch, and theÃÂ hurricane in New Orleans, and places emphasis on the social, cultural, and political processes ofÃÂ rebuilding houses, facilities, and infrastructure that often go unnoticed. Understanding the widerÃÂ context for how a built project comes to be, the author argues, is a solid indicator of its longevity thanÃÂ by the measure of its material characteristics alone, and gives us reasons to question the validity ofÃÂ our intentions as designers of the future. This bookÃÂ provides strategies for thinkingÃÂ about, assessing, and developing ways for place-makers from all disciplines to becomeÃÂ responsible citizen designers of our cities.