The team defines “building back better” as a “holistic concept using post-disaster reconstruction and recovery to improve the community’s physical, social, environments, and economic conditions to create a more resilience community in an effective and efficient way.”
The site provides the tools, concepts, and publications on building back better, principles used in New Zealand and other countries such as Japan, Australia, and Sri Lanka after a major disaster has occurred.
Browsing the website, you will discover the works and projects of academes and researchers in New Zealand applying the principles and concepts of Building Back Better.
Below are a couple of publications from the BBB site:
- “Building Back Better in Japan – Lessons from the Indian Ocean Tsunami experience in Sri Lanka” – The paper focuses on the reconstruction and recovery activities done in Sri Lanka after an Indian Ocean Tsunami, one of the worst kinds, hit them in 2004.
- “Build back better: implementation in Victorian bushfire reconstruction” – The researchers looked into how the community in Victoria focused on immediate restoration and recovery after the Victoria bush fire in 2009 ravaged the area.
In both publications, the themes and principles of building back better are applied.
You will also find the projects that they have done in the Pacific Islands, Christchurch, and Australia.
Please get to know the team of experts behind the projects and publications.
- Suzanne Wilkinson, professor at the University of Auckland. Suzanne is currently working on several government projects. She is also the Director of the Centre for Disaster Resilience, Recovery and Reconstruction.
- Sandeeka Mannakkara is a research fellow at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Auckland.
- Regan Potangaroa is a professor in the School of Architecture at Victoria University in Wellington.
- Tinu Rose Francis, Behrooz Balaei, Mohamed Elkharboutly, and Shankar Neerah are PhD candidates in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
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