This thesis examines the design of post-earthquake transitional settlements in the hot and arid climate of central and southeastern Iran. It is a study of the past, an analysis of the present, and an imagination of a possible future for cities similar to Bam. It observes the spatial, material, cultural, and economic forces that shape the environment, viewing the complex socio-political forces that pressurize issues of post-disaster construction. The aim of this thesis is to investigate the interpretation of "better" for building back in relatively isolated communities within historical and cultural landscapes. It is also searching for ways that local governments can energize the potential for building self-sufficient communities and re-envisioning approaches to establish sustainable cities after disasters.
University of Minnesota M.S. thesis. December 2014. Major: Architecture. Advisor: Jim Lutz. 1 computer file (PDF); xiii, 292 pages, appendices p. 275-292.
Disaster as an opportunity for transformative change in developing countries: Post-earthquake transitional settlements in southeastern Iran, based on the 2003 Bam earthquake reassessment.
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