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RIBA's Immediate Past President and TED's 2009 TED Fellow chime in on Leapfrog From Disaster Symposium

By A. Lira V. Luis posted 10-16-2014 01:15 PM


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 Fellow said:

"The 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 the AIA."

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. Maisto, 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 Whitehouse, 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.