Friday, October 20th, 2017
12:15 PM

Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

What can we learn from what has happened in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria with regard to preparing for future natural and climatic disasters? What planning, design, and implementation actions would have secured a more equitable outcome? Are lessons from the Puerto Rico experience generalizable or are there unique circumstances related to the island’s pre-existing financial and infrastructure conditions? How do planners and designers address problems of nance and infrastructure beyond their immediate remit? Should rebuilding everywhere be encouraged or restricted? How is vulnerability assessed — in its natural or social capital? Under local circumstances… is optimism warranted?

These and other questions will be explored in dialogue with panelists from Puerto Rico.

Please join Harvard Graduate School of Design School faculty members Rosetta S. Elkin and Jerold Kayden (moderator), with special guests by live video Alejandra Castro- dad-Rodríguez and Jose Juan Terrasa-Soler for presentations and discussion, to try and describe the lessons we share, for discussing, managing, describing and anticipating future urban disasters.

Featured image source: cnn.com