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The Okoshi Ezu art auction for the Christchurch earthquake at the School of Architecture and Planning, The University of Auckland. Copyright 2011. Photo credit: Alexandra-Jayeun Lee

The Okoshi Ezu art auction for the Christchurch earthquake at the School of Architecture and Planning, The University of Auckland. Copyright 2011. Photo credit: Alexandra-Jayeun Lee

It’s official! The details have been posted, and the Berkeleyans have been notified.

Where will you be when “the big one” strikes? Alex will base her talk on her doctoral dissertation, “Framing Disaster Research as ‘Wicked’ Design Problems”, where she shares some of the key lessons from running the New Zealand chapter of Architecture for Humanity, and discuss the changing role of the architecture and design professionals in the 21st century in the context of recent urban disasters – the 2005 Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and the 2011 Christchurch earthquake.

So I’ll be giving my first public talk on my phd research at IURD this Wednesday. It’s a warm-up for the big talk in May for OWA and SFAIA, so I am looking forward to lots of suggestions on how to make it better for the next iteration!

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