Evolutionary Resilience: An approach to in-situ slum upgrading in post disaster communities

Most projects within the architecture curriculum prepares its students to work for wealthy clients leading to the design of a private studio, the expansion of a faculty or the design of a museum of contemporary art, to name a few. Today, the economic recession has ensured “there is much less meat for the same amount of animals” (Timberg, 2012). After a rather costly study of the profession, recent graduates are forced to accept whatever comes their path to “full-time employment with internship wages” (Timberg, 2012). There has been a significant decline observed in job opportunities in most architecture firms. “Non-traditional job opportunities for architects have never been better and we should see the decline of traditional jobs not as a “meltdown” (Timberg, 2012) of architecture, but as the beginning of its rebirth” (Fisher, 2012). I have been looking at the concept of Evolutionary resilience as a plausible approach to in-situ settlement upgrading processes. My pilot case for this approach is the post disaster informal settlement in Valparaiso, Chile, where I have designed new public space with a children day care centre.

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