Creation and Catastrophe

Symposium 2016

A half day symposium hosted by RMIT, CENDEP, DPU and IFRC at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Thursday 7 April 2016.

This symposium was designed in response to the recent RIBA exhibition ‘Creation from Catastrophe’. Leading academics and industry professionals came together to explore the relationship between professional practice, education and research; and the role of built environment professionals in humanitarian and development contexts.

During the half-day event, four themes were explored inviting panel and participant discussion on- ‘Current, Emerging and Needed Roles for the Built Environment Professional- Before and After Disaster’, ‘Shelter: Process or Product? Enabler or Provider? Outcome or Output?’, ‘Research and Training Challenges for Design and Development Professionals working in the Humanitarian Sector’ and ‘Stories from the Field’. Approximately 60 people attended from the public and private sectors, universities, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and professional bodies. Plenary discussions followed, concluding proposals for steps forward to better integrate built environmental professionals seeking to offer their skills in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster and Conflict Risk Management and Recovery and Reconstruction in both developed and developing countries.

The symposium discussed reasons for the gap between built environment professionals and humanitarian and development contexts, with specific focus on education and design pre-conceptions. It was agreed that there needs to be more communication between humanitarian practitioners and professional institutions in order to share knowledge that can inform the role of built environment professionals in the field; including training of the next generation and integration of those already qualified. This event was innovative in its nature and has already inspired further communication between UK built environment professional bodies and the humanitarian community to respond effectively to the world’s challenges.

For a summary of the conference report, click here.

Creation and Catastrophe
Creation and Catastrophe
Creation and Catastrophe
Creation and Catastrophe
Creation and Catastrophe
Creation and Catastrophe
Creation and Catastrophe
Creation and Catastrophe
Creation and Catastrophe
Creation and Catastrophe
Creation and Catastrophe
Creation and Catastrophe
Creation and Catastrophe