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Catastrophes in Context
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Disaster, Development, and the Built Environment
Stephen O. Bender
252 pages, 2 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-162-2 $120.00/£89.00 Hb Not Yet Published (August 2021)
eISBN 978-1-80073-163-9 eBook Not Yet Published
“The expertise and experience of the author stands out throughout this book, particularly in its focus on the built environment and disaster… Hopefully, the book will encourage new thinking among all those whose first pivot in planning and development, whether before or after a sudden-onset disaster, is to build more, bigger, and faster.” • Jane Henrici, Consulting Senior Researcher and Gender Advisor, World Bank-Haiti and Lecturer, George Washington University
Reviewing current policies and practices, the book assesses the financial, economic and physical risk of building in hazardous areas, and looks at how societies are trying to create a more resilient built environment in spite of the dangers. It examines the vulnerability of social infrastructure to natural disasters and looks at policies which imperil infrastructure from natural hazard events and solutions undertaken by sovereign states, international development banks, NGOs and bilateral aid agencies.
Stephen O. Bender is an architect and retired staff member of the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organization of American States in Washington D.C. He has acted as a consultant to various international development entities working in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia.