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Conflict and Natural Disasters
 
Natural disasters
Natural disasters, is it the earth's way of saying, "Man, we don't like what you are doing here! Your exploitation of nature is no good! Your incessant desire to build must stop! You are killing our natural habitat! You must share the planet with all of us! We are protesting what you are doing and we are we are determine to stop you. Take this rainstorm! Take this Flood! Here have some diseases. Do you see the reasoning yet? NO! Well than take this Hurricane! Take this Tornado! Have this earthquake! Here have AIDS and Cancer! Still don't want to stop. I don't know.."

What can change Man's addiction for material things? Seems we've gone to far?
Abdul Basit Mukri
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Natural disasters
Ha! Ha! Ha! I think you are a fantastic mind!!! with a great flare to write. In fact, I intend to agree with, that, perhaps .... enough is enough. Can take no more. God is MIGHTY great and we all know that he can take decisions, really hard ones... including producing us (wrong one!!! though his intentions were noble) and ...

Hey and what about architecture?? I guess he doesn't seem to care much. Ha! Ha! Ha! Cheers again buddy.
Subhadeep Gupta
Natural disasters
In the wake of Southeast Asias tsunomi, it has become apparent that what we do to our planet will come back to haunt us. Now we can take these recent events and analyse them scientificly and say this, this and this were the causes and this, this and this is how we can prevent it in future occurences. Now there is nothing wrong in doing so but don't you think there is some symbolism in such occurences to be heeded. No one is asking you to become born again christians but shouldn't some meaning be learned from it. Seems only logical!

As architects how does one react, that in a matter of moments, your creations are destroyed. Do we build to combat these awe-inspiring natural forces? Do we learn that when facing nature, we don't have all the answers! Do Natural disasters affect your philosophical outlook on design? As architects do these forces of nature affect your design approaches or do you continue as though nothing has occurred?

Insensitivity, inopportune and wrong timing will be the attacks waged against me but I see it differently. It seems to me that if these occurences of nature are not an opportunity to learn what is meaning in life, when is?

My heart is with those who have died and who are in recovery. Hopefully with our aide, the countries will recover well. My prayers are with them!

Best,
Abdul Basit Mukri
Natural disasters
let me begin by saying that this disaster has affected so many people who really need help and we should come forward and do whatever we can in our capacities.

i do not see this particular earthquake/tsunami as a disaster caused by human intervention in the earths crust. this earthquake was caused by the friction of 2 tectonic plates which have been moving since the birth of our planet and have nothing to do with excessive mining etc.

i dont think that the response of architects to this warning by nature should be to stop building. more people require more houses and more products. that is what they want and that is what we cater to.

however, we do need to build responsibly. we need to construct in such a manner that we use the minimum amount of resources for any given need. i think this need has been highly underrated in our schools of architecture and any bits of information we gather are out of our own will. i know that concepts of sustainability are gathering momentum, but we have not reached at that point where we can confidentally say that we can build a sustainable building.

i dont think that the answer lies in building stronger buildings ad infinitum. some natural elements like typhoons and tsunamis are so strong that we cant afford to make all structures disaster proof. maybe the answer lies in having some areas of the house and/or the neighbourhood built in such a manner that they can withstand this. and of course, as has been widely said in the news, a proper warning system can take care of some of the natural disasters.

let this be a lesson for us to respond in a much deeper way to the questions of building and the environment.
Vishwanath Kashikar
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