Marie Aquilino is a professor of architectural history at the École Spéciale de l’Architecture in Paris and a specialist in contemporary urban redevelopment. Marie conducts seminars on the architect’s role in disaster prevention, mitigation, and sustainable recovery as a means of teaching students about architecture and social justice. She is currently working with the International Federation of the Red Cross to set up a working group on the reconstruction of Haiti and is associate program director of BaSiC Initiative, a collaboration of faculty and students committed to building sustainable communities.

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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 …

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