Disasters threaten all parts of the world and they appear to be
increasing in frequency, scale and intensity. Despite huge
improvements in the emergency response, permanent reconstruction is
often uncoordinated, inefficiently managed and slow to begin.
International agencies are geared to an efficient response in terms
of humanitarian relief, but they are not well versed in the
requirements of long-term reconstruction, which is often
constrained by lack of planning and poorly coordinated management.
The construction industry is typically engaged in a range of
critical activities after a disaster, including provision of
temporary shelter in the immediate aftermath and restoration of
permanent shelter and public infrastructure once the immediate
humanitarian needs have been attended to. "Post-Disaster
Reconstruction of the Built Environment" identifies the challenges
that face the industry and highlights best practice to enable the
construction industry to address those problems which make an
effective response to these unexpected events difficult. Written by
an international team of experts, this book will help researchers
and advanced students of construction understand the problems faced
by communities and the construction industry when faced with a
natural or man-made disaster, and identify the planning and
management processes required by the industry to mount an effective
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