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The Role of Architects in Post Disaster Reconstruction

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dc.contributor.advisor Pōtangaroa, Regan Hulme, Jessica 2018-01-09T00:02:47Z 2018-01-09T00:02:47Z 2016 2016
dc.description.abstract In post-disaster reconstruction in underdeveloped countries, architects all too often create design solutions with little appreciation of the environment in which their solutions are expected to work. The disaster context for reconstruction is complex and irregular. Issues vary from lack of available resources; difficulty in transporting resources, inflation of costs for construction materials, corruption in the allocation of aid money and resources, language barriers, and the complexity of architects needing to meet the local socio-economic and cultural norms of each particular community. These are but a few of the complexities that need to be addressed when working in post-disaster reconstruction. This paper draws on grounded theory field research and analysis of reconstruction efforts in Samoa after the tsunami in 2009 and category 2 Tropical Cyclone Evan (TC Evan) in 2012,; and category 5 Tropical Cyclone Winston (TC Winston) that devastated Fiji in 2016. This paper measures this research and analysis against literature and research and analysis of other post-disaster reconstruction case studies to come up with design iterations that are viable for the post-disaster context of Nanokonoko village, Viti Levu, Fiji. This thesis investigates the ways that the architectural process of design can be used so that post-disaster communities have access to adequate, self-sustainable, and affordable housing. It does so by identifying the gaps and potential barriers that are created along the rebuilding work flow, then analyses and recommends an improved process for post-disaster reconstruction in underdeveloped countries for the architect and architecture to follow. By adopting the recommended process of reconstruction, the living situation of communities will significantly improve immediately following the disaster and in the long-term. This thesis also explores the many other value adding roles that the architectural framework can benefit reconstruction through. By ensuring designs are culturally and socio-economically viable to the rural village of Nanokonoko and engages with the affected community in the early stages of recovery. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Post-disaster reconstruction en_NZ
dc.subject Climate Change en_NZ
dc.subject Architecture en_NZ
dc.subject Community Development en_NZ
dc.subject Pacific en_NZ
dc.subject Fiji en_NZ
dc.subject Disaster en_NZ
dc.subject Reconstruction en_NZ
dc.title The Role of Architects in Post Disaster Reconstruction en_NZ
dc.type text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Architecture en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Architecture en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Masters en_NZ Master of Architecture (Professional) en_NZ
dc.rights.license Creative Commons GNU GPL en_NZ
dc.rights.license Allow modifications, as long as others share alike en_NZ
dc.rights.license Allow commercial use en_NZ 2017-11-29T03:46:56Z
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 120101 Architectural Design en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 120105 Architecture Management en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 870404 Residential Construction Processes en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 870104 Residential Construction Planning en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 870204 Residential Construction Design en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrctoa 4 EXPERIMENTAL DEVELOPMENT en_NZ

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