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The Committee on Design (COD) was founded to promote design excellence among members of the AIA, the broader design community, and the public at large, both nationally and internationally.

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Disaster, Recovery, Success, and the Role of Design

  • 1.  Disaster, Recovery, Success, and the Role of Design

    Posted 08-07-2020 01:46 PM


    Construction of the ill-fated Morandi Bridge cable stays
    around 1965
    A miracle has happened in Italy, and this one isn't about the Catholic Church and it isn't about COVID or the Italian debt crisis, at least not primarily.

    The story is about disaster, design, recovery, resilience and success. A story we can use these days.

    It is also a story about a country, torn apart by political splits, hard struck by the pandemic and questions about its economy. A country that is better known for its quality of life than its efficiency.  Specifically it is a story about how this country found a way to complete a giant infrastructure project in just under two years time.

    Who would have thought that Italians can....


    [Klaus] Philipsen FAIA
    Archplan Inc. Philipsen Architects
    Baltimore MD
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