In the XXI century antropogenic disasters were added to the natural ones, which was one of the hallmarks of industrial society, in answer to which civilization began to invent a means of self-defense. The Dutch succeeded in preventing floods, the Japanese in preventing earthquakes, Americans – in dealing with typhoons. But the devastating disasters still occur. After the rescue comes the rehabilitation of injured people and demolished places. In modern Russia, the consequences of natural, social, technological crisis tend to be compensated by the quick victories: new neighborhoods in Lensk and Krymsk, a new hospital in Budennovsk, sports center in Shushenski.
In Western practice after an earthquake in Japan in 1996, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005, there were volunteer organizations of Architects - VAN in the Bureau of Shigeru Ban and the Architecture for Humanity in the U.S. They are involved in supporting and thorough rehabilitation of the victims with the help of architecture: they create shelter and public spaces that play a key role in rebuilding communities.
In Russia there are volunteer groups and other tools of social response – Monitoring fires, Virtual Rynda. At Strelka the architects, psychologists, rescue workers, volunteers and sociologists will discuss the first steps towards a return to a comfortable life after the disaster.
Russian Fires Project
Alena Popova, head of the Foundation open source projects, volunteer coordinator