This seminar was conceived during the period of the Haiti earthquake, BP oil spill, and Indus River flooding. It was revised after the 2011 tsunami in Japan, and we must in 2012 consider the mid-American drought, Assam flooding, Manilla flooding, Iran earthquake, and the continuing “complex emergency” in Afghanistan (ReliefWeb, 2012). In each case, we want to ask how can designers and planners contribute to disaster risk-reduction, reconstruction, and resilience?

Fall 2012