Monday, 27 August 2012
THE ROLE OF ARCHITECTS AND PLANNERS IN CREATING THE FOUNDATION FOR EFFECTIVE ASEISMIC BUILDING AND LAND USE REGULATION IN CITIES
THE ABSTRACT FOR THIS SPECIAL SESSION:
Reduction of earthquake risk in cities requires safe siting and safe construction. The best available approach to achieving these objectives has been the establishment of effective building and land use regulatory systems. Effective regulation provides for the systematic application of hazard and construction knowledge to reducing risk in the built environment. Safety regulation is a complex topic that requires a balance of technical/structural knowledge with social/economic and political knowledge. The architectural and planning professions provide the multi-disciplinary context for addressing issues of building and land use regulation. Extension of participatory design and planning approaches can be extended to the regulatory process. Creation of the foundation for self-regulation should take priority in pre-disaster risk reduction activities and should be an integral component of post-disaster reconstruction and recovery. A brief proposal for regulatory development for Haiti will be presented.
Fred Krimgold is Director of the Disaster Risk Reduction Program of the Advanced Research Institute of Virginia Tech. He is an architect and has served as Program Director of the Earthquake Hazard Mitigation Program at the National Science Foundation and as a consultant to the World Bank, USAID, FEMA and the US Department of Homeland Security. Dr. Krimgold holds a Doctorate of Technology in Architecture and Planning from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Yale University.