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CSAR lecture: Architecture for Resilience – surviving earthquakes, tornadoes, fire and floods

Dr Emily So, Director of the Cambridge University Centre for Risk in the Built Environment, will discuss the fundamental research that helps to reduce the risks from natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, volcanoes and tsunamis.
When May 08, 2017
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Where Wolfson Lecture Theatre, Churchill College, Storey’s Way, Cambridge, CB3 0DS
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Poor construction, like diseases, can be eradicated. Whilst the hazard itself is not preventable, the challenge is how scientists use their skills to influence decisions made by people going about their everyday lives and create a culture of hazards-resistant housing.

The talk will be in three parts. Dr So will first identify the need for research in the area of natural hazards, then move onto looking at ways architecture and engineering can help reduce risk to these natural perils. Some of the recent approaches the team at the Cambridge University Centre for Risk in the Built Environment (CURBE) has used in public engagement and communication with communities that have little experience of, or awareness of the risks they face will then be highlighted.

Dr Emily So has conducted research at the University of Cambridge since her appointment as Research Assistant in 2005 and subsequently as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Director of the Cambridge University Centre for Risk in the Built Environment (CURBE), and also as a Director of Cambridge Architectural Research.

This research has been instrumental in managing and reducing risks and will continue to save lives. Dr So was quoted as saying in a 2016 BBC Inquiry programme: "the frustration that we know how to build against building collapse and prevent these deaths was really the motivation behind the work I'm doing now”.

Mainly concentrating on natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, volcanoes and tsunamis, the fundamental research carried out by Dr So at CURBE seeks to reduce the risk of these perils, by analysing past events, developing new methods of modelling and bringing together close cooperation between architects, engineers, earth scientists and public health specialists.

CSAR lectures are open to all. Non-members are asked to make a contribution of £3.00.

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