Innovation for Disaster Relief and Preparedness

This interdisciplinary course explores innovative solutions for disaster relief and preparedness through both design and planning.  This year we will focus on housing. The class will provide an introduction on how federal policies affect the built environment at the community level. We will analyze housing pilot projects and find ways to integrate post-disaster plans into long-term visions for cities. Topics will range from disaster housing typologies, group sites, local ordinances, mitigation strategies, buyouts, relocation, and all their complexities and challenges.  We will primarily focus on US cases, but international examples and research will be part of the class. Interactive (serious) games will provide an overview of large-scale disaster coordination issues and we will have special lectures from the disaster housing unit at FEMA and other emergency management professionals. There will be choices of individual and group projects, both will feed into an on-going research project between DUSP (Justin Steil) and Architecture (Miho Mazereeuw).

Open to DUSP, SMarchS Urbanism and Architecture students, Counts as an Urbanism Credit.