When Nature Shrugs: Placemaking after Natural Disasters
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When the built environment experiences a catastrophic event, architects are offered a unique opportunity. Catastrophes—both natural or manmade—can decimate a place. In the rush to rebuild, what role can architecture/the architect play in restoring a place, accounting for the trauma of what occurred while also preserving a place’s uniqueness? In failing to respond appropriately, the trauma of a catastrophe can be prolonged. In responding appropriately, architects/the architect can help restore, preserve, and move a community or place forward. This thesis will analyze what creates place and explore how architectural interventions can recapture, preserve, and address shortcomings that a catastrophic event has revealed. A literature survey will be conducted on what creates place and condensed into a list that will then be tested by applying it to a real-world application.