052-0731-23L  Global Housing Issues, Challenges and Strategies: Reconstruction After Conflicts & Natural Disasters

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersJ. E. Duyne Barenstein
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


052-0731-23 VGlobal Housing Issues, Challenges and Strategies: Reconstruction After Conflicts & Natural Disasters
No course 23.10 (seminar week) and in the last two weeks of the semester.
2 hrs
Mon15:45-17:30HIL E 6 »
18.12.15:45-17:30HIL E 6 »
J. E. Duyne Barenstein

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AbstractCan architecture, urban design and planning contribute to housing reconstruction after conflicts and natural disasters? Answers to this question will be provided by researchers and socially engaged architects from Europe, Asia and Latin America through the presentation of concrete case studies and projects.
ObjectiveThe current war in Ukraine and the recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria are dramatic reminders about the plight of the millions of people rendered homeless by manmade and natural disasters. Reconstruction after such tragic events requires the support of a large number of architects, urban planners and other built environment professionals with a thorough understanding of the specific issues and challenges entailed in working for and with affected communities. Based on concrete examples and extensive international field experience, the elective course will introduce students to the advantages and risk of different reconstruction approaches, with a specific focus on the links between housing reconstruction policies and community empowerment. A selected number of guest speakers from different countries will present concrete community-driven reconstruction initiatives from across the globe. The elective course aims at raising awareness among students about the complexity of housing reconstruction after disasters and is oriented in particular to those interested in a professional career in the humanitarian sector. The detailed program and recommend readings will be presented at the beginning of the course.
Content• General introduction: reconstruction approaches after conflicts and natural disasters
• Housing culture and post-tsunami reconstruction in Tamil Nadu, India
• Patterns of adaptation to culturally inadequate post-disaster housing
• Reconstruction challenges in rural and urban settings
• Housing reconstruction in rural and urban Nepal after the 2015 earthquake
• Rebuilding communities and schools in Haiti
• Learnings from postwar reconstruction in Kosovo
• Bottom-up housing initiatives in ongoing conflicts: the case of Ukraine
• Humanitarian planning: tackling emergency shelter needs.
• Housing initiatives in temporary camps
Lecture notesA course overview including lecture summaries is made available to inscribed students prior the start of the semester.
LiteratureA bibliography will be made available to inscribed students prior the start of the semester.
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationfostered
Sensitivity to Diversityfostered
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityfostered
Critical Thinkingfostered
Integrity and Work Ethicsfostered

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits2 credits
ExaminersJ. E. Duyne Barenstein
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationThere will be a homework assignment at the end of the semester.

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