Megacities Today, Rubble Tomorrow: Haiti, Chile as Architectural Wake-Up Call [UPDATE] | Architecture & Design | Fast Company

This week in The New York Times, Andrew Revkin published a wake-up call for megacities: Learn from Haiti; you might be next. And the problem is architecture. Earthquakes don’t kill people, he says. Buildings do. “In recent earthquakes, buildings have acted as weapons of mass destruction,” Roger Bilham, a seismologist who Revkin interviews, wrote in Nature. Most of the buildings in the world’s fastest-growing cities are “rubble in waiting.”

via Megacities Today, Rubble Tomorrow: Haiti, Chile as Architectural Wake-Up Call [UPDATE] | Architecture & Design | Fast Company.

  1. it’s difficult to build as lasting as the pyramids…you tend to need a cultural understanding that puts the long term (like an eternal afterlife) above short term profit. There is a general need to restructure incentives for development, and while better design and regulation can foster adoption for newer buildings, in the meantime we have to all live in things from half a century, a century, or two centuries ago. Look at what happened in Abruzzo, for instance

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