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Risks in Post Disaster Housing: Architecture and the Production of Space

BOANO, C; Hunter, W; (2010) Risks in Post Disaster Housing: Architecture and the Production of Space. ABACUS International Journal on Architecture, Conservation and Urban Studies , 5 (2) 23 - 31.

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Abstract

Post-disaster housing is a complex, profoundly developmental process, risky in suggesting transformative aims and multiple due to the different domains in which it exists. Such complexity materializes politically and institutionally in a spatial realm where the expediency of required reconstruction often threatens high standard architectural production and the incorporation of future preventive measures, and in a societal arena where the erosion of community, livelihoods and security potentially trigger social fragmentations. Drawing from the ontology of Foucault and Lefebvre, a discursive context frames current challenges facing the production of post-disaster housing. Neither a mere demonstration nor guide to the relevance of their philosophical apparatus, the paper ambitiously seeks to offer a provocative lexicon and theoretical lens for addressing the potential of reconstruction as well as questioning the state and role of architecture. The authors’ central argument suggests that an augmented perception of space would help link social and material needs while questioning the set of emblematic elements of architecture’s technique and limits, leading to a renewed sense of critically anthropocentric post-disaster practice.

Type:Article
Title:Risks in Post Disaster Housing: Architecture and the Production of Space
Publisher version:http://bitmesra.ac.in/UploadedDocuments/Menu_634358634254148750_Abacus_List%20of%20Papers_VOL.5_No.2.pdf
Language:English
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > Development Planning Unit

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