Beyond Shelter

Beyond Shelter

Architecture for Crisis

  1. Edited by Marie J. Aquilino
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  • ISBN 9780500289150
  • 20.30 x 20.30 cm
  • Paperback with flaps
  • 304pp
  • 234 Illustrations, 218 in colour
  • First published 2011
‘Written with compassion and powerfully illustrated … 'Beyond Shelter' is essential reading for anyone who wants a bigger perspective on the future … an inspirational blueprint for architects’ – Geographical Magazine

Beyond Shelter is a call to action

‘Why are we so unprepared after every disaster? Our reaction is more surprise than readiness. Bad construction can worsen the crisis. Survivors and wellmeaning 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

Beyond Shelter

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Questions about the role of architects in disaster recovery have been circulating since the Indian Ocean tsunami killed more than 200,000 people in 2004. Ninety-eight percent of victims of natural disasters are in the developing world, but no one is immune as extreme temperatures, flooding and droughts expose vast numbers to the experience of the eco-refugee.

Beyond Shelter features 25 generously illustrated reports from all over the world. Written by the founders of some of the world’s most provocative architecture and engineering firms, nonprofit companies and research centres and leaders of such prominent organizations as the Red Cross, UN-Habitat and the World Wildlife Fund, they demonstrate that evolving risk requires new ways of thinking, and that architects have a leading role to play.

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.