2014 conference: Disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and sustainable reconstruction

Meeting or Conference
Boston Architectural College (BAC); Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD); School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation, Roger Williams University (SAAHP)
08-10 May 2014
United States of America (Boston, MA)
University of Massachusetts Boston

Conference overview The conference will explore and examine how disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and sustainable reconstruction after disasters will be addressed in context of architectural, planning and engineering education. Through this international conference, discussions will be held on curricular opportunities such as online short courses, continuing education options, curricular suggestions for schools in countries most vulnerable to catastrophic disasters, and joint degree programs for schools with appropriate expertise in the topic. Representatives of regulatory agencies, professional associations, foundations supporting educational initiatives, and academic societies - as well as academic institutions - are encouraged to attend. Conference objectives

  • Colleges and universities will incorporate learning opportunities with respect to this subject in curricula

  • Funding agencies will designate projects addressing these issues as a priority

  • Accrediting and validating agencies will require evidence of learning as a condition of accreditation/validation

  • Regulatory and professional associations will offer, and require, course work covering these subject areas

Suggested themes

  • How accreditation and validation systems might impact curricular requirements in colleges and universities

  • Possible funding incentives for faculty and institutional engagement in curricular reform

  • How and where in a curriculum disaster mitigation and sustainable reconstruction can be introduced and implemented successfully

  • The influence of online and continuing education opportunities that could affect professional development in engineering, planning, architecture and design communities

  • Future trends in education (serious gaming, social networking, etc.) and how they might address the expertise needed for sustainable reconstruction after disasters

  • The ethical and political implications inherent in planning curricula

  • Other topics proposed by participants.

Abstract submission guidelines

  • Must be submitted in English

  • Abstracts should be 200 words

  • Submissions should include a biographical sketch (150 words)

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Event fee


What is included in the event fee

Includes two lunches, two dinners, a reception and conference materials.

Target audience

They welcome interdisciplinary approaches and proposals presented by educators, scholars, researchers, governmental and NGO representatives, architects, engineers, planners (regional/city/urban/community/neighbourhood/economic/social) and allied professionals, representatives of funding agencies, and public policy makers.

How to register

Please email the completed registration form to the conference organizer.

Abstracts should be sent as e-mail attachments (in Word format) to the conference organizer. In the subject line of the e-mail, please write "CRSCAD MAY 2014 CONFERENCE." Deadline for the submission of abstracts is December 3, 2013. Authors will be notified of acceptance within ten days of receipt.


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