Proceedings - Editors:

Jason Von Meding* 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
2019 international i-Rec conference
Disrupting the status quo:
Reconstructing, recovery and resisting disaster risk creation

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9th i-Rec conference,
5-7 June 2019, Gainesville, Florida, USA.

Conference organized by:

- Information and research for reconstruction, i-Rec
- Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience, University of Florida

With the support of:

This event was supported by UF collage of Design, Construction & Planning, and was funded in part by a Conference Grant through the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners,

About the conference

Due to the massive global challenges created by human accelerated development, risk creation has become unavoidable within the current political, societal, and economic systems. The 2019 i-Rec conference addressed some of the most urgent but under-represented, and misunderstood topics in disaster reconstruction, and explored different ways of disrupting this status quo, particularly focusing on communities’ recovery.

In order to break with the traditional academic norms, the 2019 i-Rec conference featured interactive panels through a mixture of academic, activist, media and literary participants.

Submissions in the form of poetry, music, art, design practice, and stories we encouraged, and participants were also invited to write and communicate in media communication style (openDemocracy, Counterpunch, the Conversation, PreventionWeb, IRIN, etc.) in less than a thousand words in order to reach a bigger audience.

Conference Main Theme

The main theme of disrupting the status quo was explored through the diverse research topics and practices presented by i-Rec community. Additionally, to break with the traditional academic norms, there were interactive panels, soapbox rants, debates, film screenings games to support the learning process. The follower are the main topics that were presented in the conference:
  • Capacity Development
  • Community-Based DRR
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Social Impact and Social Resilience
  • Urban Risk and Planning
Conference Program (PDF)

The 9th i-Rec Student international competition (site)