Habitat Unit

Renato d´Alençon Castrillón

Disaster City

In addressing disaster-prone areas, several questions arise regarding risk prevention, emergency resilience and reconstruction management:

What policies need to be adopted or formulated to strengthen cities and territories threatened by natural disasters? How are these policies implemented in practice? How to involve the public authorities, the population and the technicians in order to improve the resilience of both communities and the built environment? Is it necessary to develop ad-hoc or prescriptive tools? How are these relevant towards a wider regional intervention?

In this project, we develop an international platform to understand the state of the art and potential innovation in the paradigms that govern urban design and architecture in disaster-prone areas.

SS 2016 - Disaster City - Poster

Based on a partnership of TU-Berlin and Politecnico di Milano we will respond to the challenges of Issue Paper 17: Cities and Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management in a series of 3 workshops towards Habitat III in Quito.

Course Information+

Compact Seminar 6 ECTS
Arch MA - WP, UD MA - WP

Teaching Days
Berlin: May 30 - June 3, 2016
Quito: June 27 - July 1, 2016 (not mandatory)
Milan: September 26 - October 7, 2016

First meeting
May 30, 2016, 9 am, A 624

Apply by April 15, 2016 with a short portfolio and letter of interest to


Renato d´Alençon Castrillón

Room A 621
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