Why Don't We "Build Back Better"? The Complexities of Reconstituting Urban Form

Matthewman, Steve and Byrd, Hugh (2022) Why Don't We "Build Back Better"? The Complexities of Reconstituting Urban Form. In: A Decade of Disaster Experiences in Otautahi Christchurch. Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore, pp. 277-297. ISBN 978-981-16-6862-3, 978-981-16-6865-4, 978-981-16-6863-0

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The idea of Building Back Better (BBB) has assumed the status of orthodoxy within post-disaster reconstruction. It is enshrined in the guiding principles of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-–2030. Yet, despite widespread desires to do so, cities routinely fall short of this aim. Our chapter asks the all-important question, why? The argument is made that while you can design buildings and precincts, you cannot engineer urban life. Rebuilding a city involves more than physical reconstruction. Regeneration also entails rebuilding lives, neighbourhoods, affective communities, social relations, occupations and aspirations. It also means dealing with social conflicts. In this chapter, we focus on those between old and young, insiders and outsiders, and rich and poor. Although the Canterbury recovery is often posited as the textbook case in how not to build back better, we also offer mechanisms for redress and provide resources for hope.

Keywords:Post-disaster, Reconstruction, Canterbury earthquakes, Build Back Better
Subjects:L Social studies > L391 Sociology of Science and Technology
K Architecture, Building and Planning > K440 Urban studies
L Social studies > L714 Human and Social Geography of Australasia
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Architecture and the Built Environment
ID Code:48468
Deposited On:31 Mar 2022 09:57

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