Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters
John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies
CRSCAD Newsletter
December 2009
Katrina.pic.1Dear Partners, Friends and Colleagues,

According to ReliefWeb , the countries that were affected by floods in the months of September, October and November 2009 included Serbia, Iraq, Thailand, Somalia, Paraguay, Nepal, India, Haiti, Kenya, Azerbaijan, Mexico and Turkey. During the same period, there were Hurricane Ida, Typhoon Mirinae, Indonesia Sumatra Earthquake, South Pacific's Tsunami and Bhutan's earthquake.  The British Red Cross reports that in the West African countries of Senegal and Burkina Faso alone, more than 200,000 people were rendered homeless in September 2009 by torrential rains and floods which destroyed homes, crops and drinking water.  Similarly, an earthquake in China's Sichuan province in 2008 killed 90,000 people while millions remain homeless. 

In the United States, the Federal Emergency Management Agency's 2009 Federal Disaster Declarations for the months of August and September included the following: Severe storms and flooding (in Kansas, Georgia, New York, Tennessee); earthquake, tsunami, and flooding (American Samoa); severe storms, straight-line winds, and flooding  (Kentucky); and, severe storm (Iowa). 

In this newsletter, we share with you a very innovative and inexpensive design proposal for swiftly and temporarily rehousing communities which are made homeless by such natural disasters.  The designer is Sayem Khan.

I look forward to receiving your comments on this proposal and other ways for responding to the problem of disasters and homelessness. 

I thank you.

Adenrele Awotona
Founding Director & Professor

Vertical Village: Post-Disaster Urban Housing Solution

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CRSCAD exists for a common purpose: working with all the stakeholders to develop appropriate policies and programs for the development of sustainable communities that will be safe and secure for all (especially the vulnerable populations) after disasters.
I invite you to share your ideas and publications with us.

Thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing from you.

Jennifer Brunson
Research Assistant               
Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD)
International Student Essay Competition
Deadline: January 30, 2010

CRSCAD is sponsoring an international student essay competition on the topic of the conference, Rebuilding Sustainable Communities with the Elderly and Disabled People after Disasters, July 12-15, 2010.  

The 50 winning essays will be published as a CRSCAD monograph and the top 20 winners will be publicly honored and invited to attend the conference.

For further information please send an e-mail to:

Professor Adenrele Awotona
several conferences in
October and November 2009

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Vertical Village: Post-Disaster Urban Housing Solution

Sayem Khan recently participated in an international competition sponsored by the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM).

The goal of the competition was to produce design ideas for post-disaster housing in the event of a Category 3 hurricane.

Dear Reader,

The key component of the recovery strategy is the idea of preserving the existing community infrastructure to ensure fast and sustainable post-disaster recovery.  This project raises many social and technical questions that can only be answered through further design development and implementation in real life circumstances.  Please click here to view the final project submission.  If you have any further questions and comments please contact me.

Sayem Khan
Candidate Master of Urban Affairs, Boston University
Master of Architecture, Northeastern University

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