Santo Domingo: Resilient design for Smart cities
Two high scale earthquakes took place in Latin American in 2010. Haiti, January, 2010: 7.0-magnitude, 1.3 million displaced and 316,000 deaths. Chile, February, 2010: 8.8-magnitude, 800,000 displaced and more than 500 deaths. A tragic episode that pushed countries of the region to think about resilience design as a way to overcome climatic phenomena, that is, sustainable and innovative structures able to positively face the onslaught of nature.
As it is typical in Caribbean Islands, hurricanes are the most common phenomena in Dominican Republic, they occur when the warm and humid ocean air rises from the surface. Each year in the cyclonic season from July 1 to November 30, they cause flooding, landslides and strong winds causing the damage of homes and in many cases dozens of deaths.
For Jaime Rodriguez and Plinio Lora, architects of the Universidad Católica Tecnológica of Cibao, the final project "Caribbean Architecture Performance" was clear from the beginning. Housing design must be focused on being resilient, on having the capacity to resist and to get recover as soon as possible from these atmospheric phenomena. How? There is the key. Using of aerodynamic engineering.
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