January 12, 2015 was the fifth anniversary of the earthquake that rocked Haiti. After reports on moments of silence observed, and reflections of that fateful day, you will have, by now, read or hear several accounts of Haiti today. How far the nation is still behind.
Last time (part 2), we visited a Chicago rooftop during the summer of 2007, where buckwheat sways in the breeze, collard greens with leaves as broad as a chair seat flourish, and tomatoes and peppers ripen, all in view of a passing elevated train. This time, we visit a state-of-the-art Chicago high school where the windows […]
Last time (part 1), we were introduced to Urban Habitat Chicago, took off our shoes, and stretched our feet on an edible lawn. This time, we visit a Chicago rooftop during the summer of 2007, where buckwheat sways in the breeze, collard greens with leaves as broad as a chair seat flourish, and tomatoes and […]
In the fall of 1862, crops were disappearing, mysteriously, from the fields around the tranquil Shaker community at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky. A watch was ordered over several nights to see what was happening when the incident was brought to the attention of the governing Elders and Eldresses. The Battle of Perryville, Kentucky on October 8, […]
Last week’s announcement by the White House of $1 billion of funding to go to communities hit by disasters signals that ‘resilience’ – still just a buzzword to some – is increasingly becoming a concept that more businesses, communities, and governments are willing to put more money behind.
Summer is the season for symposia, conferences, workshops, and the like. The mind and body rebel a bit at being kept indoors, especially on fine days, and especially at those events ostensibly about the environment, but held largely apart from, or in spite of it. Attendees fight to stay awake, praying for that next coffee […]
The 2nd annual workshop of the Urban Sciences Research Coordination Network on June 11, 2014 in Chicago didn’t exactly set out to rival Spring Awakening – a thumpin’ electronic dance music festival occurring a few days later – but it turns out that social scientists, computer scientists, and young urban partygoers (Fig. 1) have much […]
In my previous post, I addressed some assumptions author Vishaan Chakrabarti makes in How Density Makes Us Safer During Natural Disasters. I don’t mean to single out Mr. Chakrabarti – many of his points are well-taken. Among them the reduced energy consumption of urban dwellers, balanced by his acknowledgment that “[r]egardless of the inherent environmental advantages of […]
In How Density Makes Us Safer During Natural Disasters by Vishaan Chakrabarti, the author uses the example of Hurricane Sandy’s effects within New York City to highlight urban resilience: …higher-density neighborhoods—from downtown Brooklyn and Battery Park City up to Harlem—were up and running within a week. By contrast, lower density areas like Staten Island and Breezy Point—with their […]
In Part 1 of this series, we explored the context that made greenfield or exurban sites attractive for post-earthquake recovery in Haiti, as well as two examples of this strategy. Part 2 takes us to two examples of government-built housing, the informal settlement of Canaan, and draws some conclusions. 3 and 4) Zoranje