The Leapfrog From Disaster
Symposium will challenge speakers as well as the delegates to re-invent the
post-disaster paradigm, going beyond current aspirations and
expectations in post-disaster rehabilitation.
Organized and led by the Royal Institute of British Architects
(RIBA)-USA and Leapfrog Project including the American Institute of
Architects’ AIA NY Design for Risk and Reconstruction (DfRR) and AIA
International, the symposium will be held in the Philippines on November
1 – 7, 2014 to bring together world-leading pioneers in Resilience,
Architecture, and Ecology.
We are honored that the Royal Institute of British Architects' Immediate
Past President, Angela Brady PPRIBA, FRIAI, FRSA, HonFRIAS, PhD(Hon),
FAIA, FRIAC, has taken the time to chime in about the Leapfrog From
Disaster Symposium, as well as 2009 TED Fellow Francis L. de los Reyes
III, Ph.D. Here's what they have to say:
Here's what 2009 TED
Filipinos are a resilient people. We can rebuild, we will rebuild. We
will need everyone’s help- and architects have a special role to play in
this rebuilding. This Symposium provides a needed venue to focus our
nation’s experts on reimagining what can be…"
Here are what others have said too:
Upon learning about the upcoming symposium, the 2015 AIA National President-Elect Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA
, said "The symposium sounds awesome. I commend your efforts to help rebuild
after the terrible Typhoon Haiyan. Resilience is a major focus area for
Members of the U.S. Whitehouse also shared their insights:
“Leapfrog Project’s role and potential for the Philippines is staked
out, and a unique role for (Filipino) architects defined. (This)
symposium will be hugely important as the one year anniversary of the
disaster (Haiyan/Yolanda) approaches,”
said USA Ambassador (ret) John F.
, President of the US-Philippines Society.
“Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda was very devastating and horrible. Having
witnessed its impacts firsthand and assisted in rebuilding, I saw the
tremendous amount of work going on including all the help that’s
happening around the world. I’m delighted to hear of the efforts being
made toward this symposium. It sounds super special, positive,
innovative, and I hope it will go a long way,”
shared Billy Dec, The
, US President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and
Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
The Leapfrog From Disaster Symposium will be held in the Philippines in one of the country's important cultural landmarks (built by its National Artist for Architecture) the Cultural Center of the Philippines
Ultimately the Symposium aims to: Organize a genuinely collaborative
post-disaster rebuilding initiative that utilizes wide-ranging local,
national and international expertise, efforts, and resources to help
Tacloban and its neighboring cities rebuild with resilience; Engage
different schools of thought from design, science, technology and
business, through interdisciplinary discourse and group activities both
during and after the symposium; Birth a new school of
architecture-and-design-thinking from the typhoon rebuilding efforts,
which may inform future natural hazard resilience programs worldwide;
Develop ecologically-friendly architectural solutions that help protect
the rich biodiversity of the region and beyond.