Category: Earthquake

Why we have building codes

12 September, 2013 (09:00) | Apartments, Building Codes, Building permits, China, Earthquake, High-rise, Informality, Insurance, Risk | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   Improvability is one of the cardinal benefits of homeownership; something about tinkering with our dwelling inspires people to invest in themselves and their families.  It’s thoroughly understandable, and in most ways commendable.    The lower door to Sam Rodia’s Watt Towers   At the same time, home improvement can become an […]

Urban regeneration in Turkey: Part 3, big challenges

31 May, 2012 (10:00) | Affordable Housing, Cities, Disaster risk, Earthquake, Eminent domain, Rehab, Tarlabasi, TOKI, Turkey, Urban renewal, Urbanization |

By:David A. Smith   [Concluded from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   As we saw in yesterday’s blog post, Turkey’s government has now adopted urban regeneration as an urgent national priority – to reduce disaster risk, to protect the nation’s economy, and to improve cities’ efficiency for global competitiveness.    My panel […]

Urban regeneration in Turkey: Part 1, big vision

29 May, 2012 (13:56) | Affordable Housing, Cities, Disaster risk, Earthquake, Eminent domain, Rehab, Tarlabasi, TOKI, Turkey, Urban renewal, Urbanization |

By:David A. Smith   Van, Turkey, October, 2011: never again?   A few weeks back, on 10 May 2012 (and after a welcome weeklong vacation on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast), I was once again a featured panelist at the Turkish National Real Estate Association (Gyoder)’s annual conference in Istanbul.    The banner reads, Real Estate Conference, […]

Rebuilding needs a solid foundation of governance: Part 4, the Tralfamadorian optimist

5 August, 2010 (10:20) | Disasters, Earthquake, Global news, Governance, Haiti, Law, Legislation and policy, Philanthropy, Property rights, Theory | 2 comments

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 3 and the preceding Part 1 and Part 2.]   Ever since Haiti’s earthquake, I have tried to avert my gaze from it.  Like Kurt Vonnegut’s Tralfamadorians, I avoid thinking about tragedies past and focus on triumphs present and potentially future.  From the moment the first […]

Rebuilding needs a solid foundation of governance: Part 3, anti-corruption infrastructure

4 August, 2010 (10:09) | Disasters, Earthquake, Global news, Governance, Haiti, Law, Legislation and policy, Philanthropy, Property rights, Theory | 2 comments

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 2 and the preceding Part 1.]   While reconstruction aid money for Haiti huddles in New York, and after $3.1 billion has already been spent just on humanitarian relief, as revealed in an MSNBC story highlighting Haiti’s lack of any preconditions for successful reconstruction, new communities […]