Sustainable infrastructure development after disasters
| 05.28.2008 | 05:25:01 | Views: 3841 | ID:
May 28 '08: Following a disaster which destroys the infrastructure, public/private partnerships should work to rebuild improved, sustainable and resilient solutions, a Matthew Wacman wrote in an article featured in World Changing. "The planning policy would focus on finding sustainable solutions to broken or destroyed systems ... Safety measures and the making of resilient urban systems are very important, yet the scope of disaster-planning could be expanded to include a focus on implementing new solutions that provoke a change in the game entirely."
Waxman continued, "In other words, if a freeway ramp breaks, a hurricane or cyclone hits, or an earthquake strikes, institute necessary recovery operations, and then begin implementing a multi-stage process of redesign, incorporating various ideas that have been already proposed and designed to improve the overall system. And here, within the state-mandated, government-sponsored disaster planning process, an open call for ideas or collaboration from architects, planners and artists could be instituted."Waxman cites an example in California where earthquakes have damaged part of the San Francisco highway system. Specifically, the MacArthur Maze, a huge highway interpass system, which could be redesigned along with projects in mass transportation that take into consideration the area's earthquake propensity. To help development infrastructure improvements following a disaster, Waxman wrote that state and local government officials should include building partnership ideas into hazard mitigation plans which are written by states' offices of emergency services as part of a greater, whole emergency response and recovery apparatus. National Blueprint Tags: Transportation & Logistics, Economic & Infrastructure.
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