ICDR Speaker Series: "After Great Disasters" - Presentation by Dr. Rob Olshansky
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 3:00pm

When: Tuesday, April 30 @ 3:00pm-4:30pm

Where: PSU Urban Center Building, Parsons Gallery (URBN 212)

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Great natural disasters are rare, but their aftermath can change the fortunes of a city or region forever. In the book, After Great Disasters, Olshansky and his coauthor Laurie Johnson identify lessons from different parts of the world to help communities and government leaders better organize for recovery after future disasters. The authors consider the processes and outcomes of community recovery and reconstruction following major disasters in six countries: China, New Zealand, India, Indonesia, Japan, and the United States. Post-disaster reconstruction offers opportunities to improve construction and design standards, renew infrastructure, create new land use arrangements, reinvent economies, and improve governance. If done well, reconstruction can help break the cycle of disaster-related impacts and losses, and improve the resilience of a city or region.

Robert B. Olshansky, Ph.D., FAICP, is Professor Emeritus of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and now resides in Albany, California, where he continues his research and practice in planning for natural hazards. For 28 years at the University of Illinois, Olshansky taught land use and environmental planning and served as department head as well as director of the nationally-ranked MUP program. Olshansky has studied recovery planning after numerous major disasters around the world, including ones in the U.S., Japan, China, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Haiti.

*This event is made possible with the support from PSU's Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning**