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Christchurch: Nature and Resilience

Posted on March 5th, by raskin in Blog, Seismic. Comments Off on Christchurch: Nature and Resilience

Aerial of Christchurch earthquake damage


Tipped off by a friend, I have been reading a couple of posts by Glenn Stewart, a professor of urban ecology in New Zealand.  The first, Natural Disasters and the Nature of Cities, looks at the destruction the 2010 Christchurch earthquake caused and moves on to look at how the native vegetation has started to grow in the rubble of the aftermath.  This return to nature was due to the shift of using native plants in landscaping prior to the earthquake and to the resiliency of native species.   The second post, added just recently, called Temporary Nature’s Potential for Resilience and Liveability, looks at the local effort of creating temporary gardens in the rubble while waiting for reconstruction to occur (this two years out after the event).  Rebuilding after large disasters takes time … Read More »

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