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  • UserBrigitte Steger (AMES) , Kristen MacAskill (Engineering), Ed Barsley (Architecture)
  • ClockMonday 09 November 2020, 16:00-17:00
  • HouseZoom.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Camilla Penney.

Imagery of post-disaster destruction often focuses on damage to the built environment. Such damage is crucial to controlling casualties resulting from natural hazards, but may also have a profound psychological impact on affected communities. This session will address the role of the built environment in creating disasters, as well as methods for using it to mitigate and respond to catastrophic events.

Questions addressed will include:

  • What is the role of the built environment in preventing disasters?
  • What is the role of the built environment in responding to and recovering from disasters?
  • How does the cultural and historical context of the disaster affect the role of the built environment and of specific structures?
  • How should disaster risk reduction efforts balance damage to the built environment with other impacts?

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This talk is part of the Cambridge Disaster Research Network series.

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