Marie Aquilino, Deborah Gans, Robin Cross, Francesca Galeazzi, Sergio Palleroni, The Architecture of Disaster Recovery: A Call to Arms for Designers from the World’s Most Vulnerable Regions, The Solutions Journal, Volume 2, Issue 5, September 2011, Pages 43-50 ( Abstract: Two hundred million people have been affected by natural disasters and hazards in the last decade. For every person who dies, some 3,000 are left facing terrible risks. Ninety-eight percent of these victims live in the developing world, where billions of dollars in aid are absorbed annually by climatic and geologic crises. Extreme temperatures, intense heat waves, increased flooding, and droughts due to climate change are expected to turn ever more people into “eco-refugees.” Among those most affected are recent migrants to cities, where the need for space is so great that many elect to live on dangerous sites such as unstable slopes, fault lines, and flood plains. The lack of suitable planning—both before the disaster and afterward—is a striking problem with which the design world has only slowly been coming to terms. Following the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, which killed more than 200,000 people, the first questions were asked about the role and responsibility of … Topics: Climate Change; Community; Education; Security; Social Capital; Sustainability