Proceedings - Editors:

Cassidy Johnson* and the Conference Scientific Committee

* Conference Organizer and President of the Scientific Committee

Published online with the
support of:

L’Observatoire universitaire de la vulnérabilité and la reconstruction durable (Œuvre Durable), funded by Fonds de recherche du Québec, Société et culture (FQRSC), Canada.

ISBN: 978-2-9815234-1-9
2015 international i-Rec conference
Reconstruction and Recovery in Urban Contexts

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7th i-Rec conference and student competition
6-8 July 2015, London, England.

Conference organized by:

- Information and research for reconstruction, i-Rec
- The Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University College London

With the support of:

- International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
- International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB)
Funding for the online publication provided by:

- L’Observatoire universitaire de la vulnérabilité and la reconstruction durable (Oeuvre durable)
- Fonds de recherche société et culture, Québec
- The IF Research Group – grif, Université de Montréal

About the conference

Disasters and crises are occurring more frequently and with greater intensity in urban areas. Crises occurring in the urban context pose particular challenges for recovery and reconstruction, due in part to intense social inequalities, complex infrastructure and governance systems, competing agendas for access to land, density of the built environment and the numbers of people affected.

Cities can be seen as both part of the cause that create the crisis, and also part of the solution. Urban crises can be brought on by inter-related factors, such as chronic vulnerability conditions that lead to small-scale disasters, by natural hazards and conflict occurring in densely populated areas that lead to large scale disasters, when internally displaced people and refugees seek refuge in urban areas, and by the impacts from climate change.

The biannual conference hosted in 2015 by the DPU in University College London was attended by over 120 participants. It was organized around 5 plenary sessions and 14 roundtables.

Thematic roundtables

The conference was centred around a number of thematic roundtable sessions that attempted to question and reshape research and practice agendas for the identification of innovative approaches to reconstruction and recovery.
  • Disasters in urban contexts
  • Housing and beyond: reconstructing lives, reconstructing cities
  • Linking a past, present, and future: histories, urban imaginaries, urban design, and its influences on urban recovery
  • Supporting urban risk reduction through reconstruction
  • Relocation from hazardous areas
  • The role of local governments in recovery