2016 UIUC-NTU-NTU Plus Co-studio
Integrated Post-disaster Planning: Livelihood, Environment, Social Resilience
Robert Olshansky, Professor and Head of Urban and Regional Planning (UIUC)
Shu-Mei Huang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Graduate Institute of Building and Planning (NTU)
Today people have come to learn that people have to live with disasters. Moreover, disaster is a long-term social-spatial process rather than a temporary event. What is ignored is that vulnerability of the place and people being affected by a particular disaster has had accumulated before the disastrous event. After the disaster, a number of issues would gradually surface in the course of recovery and it usually take more time than expected to get everything back on track. Public attention focuses on short-term relief while long-term post-disaster planning does not attract as much attention as necessary. Through the planning studio cooperated by the Graduate Institute of Building and Planning at National Taiwan University (NTU) and the Department of Urban Planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign(UIUC), we are looking forward to building up a cross-border, interdisciplinary learning model to advance teaching and research about post-disaster planning.
The studio focuses on advancing towards an integrated post-disaster planning framework that links together issues of livelihood, environment, and social resilience. In particular, it pays attention to how place-based indigenous communities strive to maintain their cultural identity in relation to their inhabitance and collective use of the natural resource base in the context of post-disaster recovery. Relocation, in the name of modernization and safety, has occurred to the indigenous communities over the past century. In many cases, relocation is seen as a necessary measure to improve the people’s livelihood. Thus, how to cope
The student is required to take another prep seminar (2 credits) together with the co-studio. For further information about the program, please email Shu-Mei Huang
Based in Rinari at Southern Taiwan, a relocation community resulting from the damaging Typhoon Morakot in 2009, this 2-week-long international studio attempts at bringing students to the forefront of post-disaster planning. As one of the most noted recovery cases, the village is currently co-inhabited by three tribes, including Rukai and Paiwan. NTU Building and Planning Research Foundation has continuously contributed to some of the post-disaster recovery actions which reflect important concerns about indigenous cultural recovery here.
Students (20-22 students in all)
4-6 Master students from NTU
6-12 Master students from UIUC
5 Students from NTU+ (senior students or master students are preferred)
At Rinari, the participants will experience community-based homestay program and have a chance to discuss the ongoing recovery effort with the local communities.
The program fee includes all the ground transportation in Pingtung but does not include the rapid railway ticket that connects Pingtung and Taipei.