AIA Housing Knowledge Community
Advisory Group's R. Denise Everson, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
, has taken the time to join the Leapfrog From Disaster
Symposium in the Philippines. She will be speaking on November 6th Thursday about the AIA’s Housing KC’s recent trip to the Yunnan Provence in Southeast China. She will also speak on November 7th about resiliency in public housing and focus on Langston Dwellings.
AIA Housing KC Advisory Group's R. Denise Everson, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
She is a Redevelopment Project Specialist at the DC Housing Authority
and serves as the agency’s Sustainability Liaison. Denise represents DCHA on the citywide Green Building Advisory Council, Mayor’s Sustainable DC Task Forces and various local and national committees including the AIA Housing Knowledge Community and the AIA Design and Health Leadership Group. Denise is committed to design strategies and policy recommendations that intentionally promote equity, inclusion, and positive health outcomes.
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.
“Leapfrog Project’s role and potential for the Philippines is staked
out, and a unique role for... 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).
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 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.
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