Asia Pacific - No more dancing houses
"A dancing house." This is how many survivors of Typhoon Haiyan describe the substandard relocation houses that have been built. "If you shake them, they will move," said one survivor. Four years after the disaster, building infrastructure that is able to withstand extreme weather conditions better remains a challenge in the Philippines. "Many housing efforts are in retrofitting and are done without consideration of proper land-use planning. Houses are built quickly because people want to see the houses immediately. Later, problems arise because site planning had not been done well," stated Environmental Science for Social Change (ESSC) Executive Director Sylvia Miclat. ESSC is responding to the challenge through a two-year housing development project, with the support of Xavier Network and Philippine Jesuit Province. ESSC, along with the local people's expertise is building durable homes that would not be washed away by another storm surge or blown away by strong winds. Read more...