The (re)constructing the city research project is now at the mid-point. Alison Killing went to Haiti in September to see a number of neighbourhood reconstruction projects and carry out interviews and the first short films are now ready, with a further 8 in the pipeline.
On Thursday 15th November there will be a #citychat twitter discussion which we are running together with MIT Community Lab. Everyone is welcome to join the discussion, but even if you don’t have a twitter account, you can follow it here. We have a fantastic panel for the discussion: Adeline Carrier and Maggie Stephenson of UN Habitat Haiti; Alexis Erkert and Kristin Chege who are tweeting on behalf of Under Tents Haiti, a campaign for the right to housing; Darren Gill of Architecture for Humanity; Harley Etienne, professor of urban planning at University of Michigan; and Braulio Morera of Arup International Development.
We are holding a one day workshop on 30th November, kindly hosted by CENDEP at Oxford Brookes. The workshop will be a structured day of discussions and exercises to allow us to explore the different ways urban and humanitarian practitioners describe, think about and work in cities and possibly identifying some ways forward. If you would like to join us, please send an email to email@example.com by 16th November, telling us a little about yourself.
Finally, the (re)constructing the city website is now online. It will bring together all of the films from the project, transcripts and reports on the outcome of the twitter discussion and workshop and articles produced by the (re)constructing the city team.
This project is funded by an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects Research Trust.