Pierre Belanger

Pierre Belanger

Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Faculty Project: Recupera Chile
Faculty Project: Recupera Chile: economic recovery gets a boost from Harvard

Recupera Chile: economic recovery gets a boost from Harvard

Recupera Chile is a multi-disciplinary Harvard University initiative led by the Kennedy School and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies that brings together a broad coalition of institutions including Harvard students, alumni and faculty and Chilean academic, non-profit, and private and public sector organizations to focus on post-disaster recovery.  The program addresses a range of issues   including technical assistance, livelihood restoration, capacity building, community mental health, early childhood education, cultural heritage restoration, and built space based in the three  communities of Cobquecura, Dichato and Perales, near the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake and tsunami in southern Chile. The people, businesses and local governments of each of these communities are working in tandem with Recupera Chile on a number of projects based on assessments of needed relief emerging from each community with the help of students and faculty from Harvard and its partners.

The project aims to put Harvard University’s network and knowledge into action by integrating a multidisciplinary Harvard faculty team and involving students with local communities. Recupera Chile connects these and other resources with the needs of the communities and, in so doing, involve different actors in the long-term and sustainable development of the area.  Recupera Chile’s longer term goal is to create local and international networks to support the projects and to build on lessons learned to strengthen local capabilities that will ensure that the results will endure once these actors step aside. It recognizes the community as the main driver of the recovery/development process.  The program therefore follows a bottom-up approach resulting in a thoughtful analysis to improve the quality of life of the entire community. Harvard hopes to further develop its efforts to address disaster prevention and mitigation around the world through the study of the Chile case.

HKS course: Community Recovery: Rebuilding Disaster Damaged Communities in Chile

Participating Harvard faculty: Doug Ahlers, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Judith Palfrey, T. Berry Brazelton Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Pierre Bélanger, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Collaborators: Miho Mazereeuw, MIT Architecture; Sam and Cindy McCullagh; Elizabeth Peacock, HMS; Iván Cartes, Universidad del Bío-Bío; Mario Valdivia and Martín Zilic, Universidad de Concepción; Gino Mosso, SERCOTEC; Miguel Cordero; Matthew Stolhandske

Collaborating Institutions: Center for International Development, Harvard University; MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Universidad Católica, Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Universidad de Concepción, Universidad del Desarrollo, Universidad del Bío-Bío, CORFO, SERCOTEC, FOSIS, Ministerio de Vivienda y Urbanismo, Consejo de Monumentos Nacionales, Fundación CREA, Fundación para la superación de la pobreza, Arauco, Fundación Integra, Delegado de Aldeas y Campamentos, Municipalidad de Tomé, Dichato y Coelemu, Fundación EPES.



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