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Janine Glaeser

Architect, Urban Planner, City of Madison Planning in Madison, WI United States

A licensed architect living in Madison, WI, I've discovered another side to architecture, much less glamorous and a bit more hazardous...... where architects are working to help improve our communities, before and after natural disasters strike.

An Architects Without Borders post earthquake relief trip to Haiti in 2010 changed everything. After returning from this disaster response work, I refocused my efforts on the role that architects can play in public service and disaster response.

The launch of project “Architect Unseen” began as a fundraising platform for a 2013 Habitat for Humanity volunteer trip building homes for families in El Salvador. The project continued with post earthquake recovery work in Nepal in 2015 and very recently post 2018 flood recovery work in Dane County, WI. Today, it serves as a discussion on this important role for architects.

The goal is to learn firsthand from successful programs around the world and bring home an understanding of what it takes to build stronger, more resilient communities that can recover following a natural disaster.

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Architecture is Hazardous

@ VOL 28 ON NOV 29, 2018

Architects possess a unique skill set that allows them to build community resilience, both in design and in natural disaster recovery. An Architects Withoug Boarders post-earthquake relief trip to Haiti introduced me to a role that architects play in helping communities rebuild after a natural disaster. It has been an honor to work with NGOs on Disaster recovery and rebuilding projects in El Salvador, Nepal, Florida, Colorado, and Dane County, WI.

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Madison, WI @ Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
Nov 29, 2018

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Madison, WI @ Monona Terrace Community & Convention Center
Nov 21, 2013