Sustainability: The Reconstruction Challenge
This paper expxlores the challenges of urban reconstruction following civil conflict or natural disaster. In particular it addresses the issue of social sustainability through an analysis of several case studies that highlight factors that influence the long-term success of reconstruction. The paper argues that community design and construction approaches rather than "grand schemes" or the duplication of iconic monuments are necessary to rebuild shattered communities as well as physical infrastructure.
Keywords: Social Sustainability, Reconstruction, Conflict Disaster
Dr Esther Charlesworth
Director, Architects Without Frontiers