Disaster & Pandemics

1st talk on Pandemic Resilient Cities with Stephen O'Brian, Luca Fontana and Michele Di Marco

1st talk on Pandemic Resilient Cities with Stephen O'Brian, Luca Fontana and Michele Di Marco

Disaster & Pandemics

A collaboration with with Emergency Architecture & Human Rights (EAHR), WHO and Think-Fast: A collective urban response to COVID-19.A pandemic is widely known as an epidemic of disease that has spread across a large region leading to potentially large human disasters.

Stephen O'Brian, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, and Luca Fontana, epidemiologist from WHO, will discuss how new kind of mitigation infrastructure will look like and how a multidisciplinary approach including the humanitarian, health and building environment sectors could help mitigate future pandemics.

Michele Di Marco, CEO of Emergency Architecture & Human Rights will moderate the the talk. The series of talks will focus on the role and position of Architects and Planning Practitioners in preparing for Pandemic Resilient Cities where basics such as access to safe housing, space, clean air, food and water is not considered a privilege but a basic Human Right.While everyone will be affected by the challenges emerging from the current crisis, the impact is hitting hard on the most vulnerable ones: the elderly population, migrants, displaced populations, slum dwellers and the so-called ‘low-skilled’ workforce, who rely solely on their everyday income. However, these vulnerabilities aren’t new and were not merely caused by the Pandemic, but gradually accumulated by multiple political, economic, social and spatial factors, that reduced our preparedness for such a scenario and left Millions of people vulnerable to health crises and disasters.

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