Still Standing?
Looking Back at Reconstruction and Disaster Risk Reduction in Housing

Paper: 978 1 85339 840 7 / $39.95
Published: December 2014  

Cloth: 978 1 85339 839 1 / $79.95
Published: December 2016  

Publisher: Practical Action
280 pp., 6 1/4" x 9 1/4"
figures & b/w photos
Huge levels of aid are spent on reconstructing housing after disasters. Have these houses withstood the test of time and hazard? Just as important from the point of view of their owners, has the reconstruction process played a part in restoring their livelihoods and social networks?

Unfortunately, aid agencies rarely go back to assess the impact of reconstruction in the longer term. The research upon which Still Standing? is based has done just that. Agencies that undertook projects 3–35 years ago in countries throughout Asia and Latin America have gone back to record changes and to interview beneficiaries, builders, authorities and other agencies in their project areas. This book describes the stories of the project beneficiaries and how their houses have changed, within contexts that have kept changing too.

Still Standing? is essential reading for architects and engineers involved in humanitarian fieldwork as well as students and researchers concerned with disaster risk reduction.

Table of Contents:
1 Introduction: Still standing?—Theo Schilderman
2 Emerging stronger? Assessing the outcomes of Habitat for Humanity’s housing reconstruction programmes following the Indian Ocean tsunami—Victoria Maynard, Priti Parikh, Dan Simpson, and Jo da Silva
3 Looking back at agency-driven housing reconstruction in India: Case studies from Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu—Jennifer Duyne Barenstein with Akbar Nazim Modan, Katheeja Talha, Nishant Uphadyay, and Charanya Khandhadai

Part I Asian case studies
4 A market-based programme to improve housing in the mountains of northern Pakistan – Addressing seismic vulnerability—Nawab Ali Khan and Charles Parrack
5 India: Gandhi Nu Gam, an example of holistic and integrated reconstruction— Yatin Pandya with Priyanka Bista, Abhijeet Singh Chandel, and Narendra Mangwani
6 Challenges for sustainability: introducing new construction technologies in post-tsunami Sri Lanka—Eleanor Parker, Asoka Ajantha, Vasant Pullenayegem, and S.Kamalaraj
7 Reconstruction in Vietnam: less to lose! Examples of the experience of Development Workshop France in Vietnam—Marion MacLellan, Matthew Blackett, Guillaume Chantry, and John Norton
8 Integrated people-driven reconstruction in Indonesia—Annye Meilani, Wardah Hafidz, and Ashleigh King

Part II Latin American case studies
9 Guatemala: knowledge in the hands of the people—Kurt Rhyner
10 Honduras: ‘La Betania’, resettlement of a flooded neighbourhood—Kurt Rhyner
11 Nicaragua: reconstruction with local resources in an isolated region—Kurt Rhyner
12 A roof for La Paz: reconstruction and development in El Salvador after the 2001 earthquakes—Claudia Blanco, Alma Rivera, Jacqueline Martínez, and Jelly Mae Moring
13 Peru: building on the vernacular—Theo Schilderman and Max Watanabe
14 Conclusion—Theo Schilderman, Eleanor Parker, Matthew Blackett, Marion MacLellan, Charles Parrack, and Daniel Watson


Reviews & Endorsements:
"Which post-disaster reconstruction and recovery programmes have been truly successful? What are the critical elements that turn humanitarian shelter assistance into sustainable homes and communities? This much-needed publication provides the missing longer term analysis of what works and what does not, valuably informing the response to future disasters."
- Graham Saunders, Head, Shelter and Settlements, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
"In the complex world of post-disaster housing reconstruction, this excellent book addresses an important and often-overlooked gap: how we learn from past projects to inform future actions."
- David Sanderson, Professor, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
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