Archives for October 2014

Building emergency homes in Brazil

Many times, we live in our comfort zone within our own enclosed worlds and do not realize what happens outside of it. Social inequality and poverty are problems that affect many countries nowadays, and the experience we received — with support from AECOM’s employees in Brazil along with TETO — makes it clear how beneficial […]

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Empowering Kenya’s Maasai tribe to address water shortages

Early in the afternoon, our Land Rover bounced over the rocky roads of the village of Iltalal in Kenya.  As we caromed over the rutted tracks, the rattling and banging of the truck and our tools melded in harmony with the laughter of the roughly 10 people packed inside.  There was much cause for laughter […]

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Natural disasters: A new normal

Credit: Victor Zastolskiy/Shutterstock. We are living in a period where a “new normal” is being created in climate. In 1980, overall capital losses from natural disasters were approximately $60 billion; by 2010, the capital losses have trended to over $200 billion per year. Said another way, the losses from disasters have exceeded $2.5 trillion since January […]

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Designing for Disaster

Designing for Disaster — an exhibition that opened this past May — is, by far, the most challenging exhibition I have organized in my 18 years at the National Building Museum. The exhibition’s premise: That we can prevent, reduce the impact of, and better prepare for natural disasters before they occur is not controversial; it […]

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