2013 AIA Convention Special: Preparedness, Mitigation, Planning: Keys to Counter Staggering Statistics

The statistics on population growth when overlaid with predictions about natural disasters are haunting. Last year, 92 million people were displaced because of natural disasters. By 2050, that number is expected to increase to 200 million. By 2100, the number could reach 500 million. According to Illya Azaroff, AIA, principal of +LAB and co-chair of the AIANY Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee (DfRR), if we are not proactive in mitigating the effects of these events, we could be paying $200 trillion due to devastation, in addition to being unable to house those who will be directly affected by natural disasters. Continue reading “2013 AIA Convention Special: Preparedness, Mitigation, Planning: Keys to Counter Staggering Statistics”

2013 AIA Convention Special: Cameron Sinclair Champions the Value of Architecture

“When architects go to a disaster site they see hope and opportunity,” said Cameron Sinclair, founder of Architecture for Humanity (AFH) and an AIA Convention keynote speaker. With 60 local chapters and more than 6,000 volunteers, Sinclair noted that AFH could be considered the world’s largest architecture firm. And, with its extensive list of projects, ranging from small installations to large-scale master planning, it is one of the most prolific firms building – and re-building – communities internationally. Continue reading “2013 AIA Convention Special: Cameron Sinclair Champions the Value of Architecture”