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World’s first flood resilient ferry terminal opens in Australia

flood_resilient_ferry_terminal_brisbane_australiaWorld’s first flood resilient ferry terminal collaboratively designed by Cox Rayner Architects and Aurecon has been opened in Brisbane, Australia. It is a new technology that will safeguard it from floods and natural disasters, and cope with the Brisbane River’s tidal range. The completed flood resilient ferry terminal at Milton is the first of many to be rolled out along the Brisbane River in 2015…

 

Tulane aids Sri Lanka with disaster relief

Sri Lankan tsunami survivor children attend a Buddhist religious ritual procession as they pray for tsunami victims to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Boxing Day tsunami on Dec. 26, 2014, in Paralliya, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was one of the worst hit countries of a 9.1 magnitude quake with 35,000 deaths. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)

Sri Lankan tsunami survivor children attend a Buddhist religious ritual procession as they pray for tsunami victims to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Boxing Day tsunami on Dec. 26, 2014, in Paralliya, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka was one of the worst hit countries of a 9.1 magnitude quake with 35,000 deaths. It was one of the deadliest natural disasters in recorded history. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)

Sri Lanka recently commemorated the 10th anniversary of the catastrophic Indian Ocean tsunami, and among those present were representatives of the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA) at Tulane University. “It was a tremendous honour and an incredible opportunity to see how far Sri Lanka has progressed in their recovery since the tsunami,” said Ky Luu, the DRLA’s executive director, who is a clinical associate professor of social work at Tulane…

 

Rooted in resilience

Nothing brings more inspiration to a music composer than a personal experience and for Chicago-based, Indian-origin rapper Shivani Ahlowalia, inspiration came from the beaches of Pondicherry. Three years ago, the artiste was in India for a cousin’s wedding, and got invited to stay on for an artist-in-residence programme in Pondicherry for 20 days. “However, only four days into the residency, a cyclone hit the coastline. In its aftermath, I was struck by the resilience of the people, especially my host who believed the storm gave him the opportunity to rebuild better…

 

Building climate resilience within

It’s almost never cold enough for me these days. I’m at a particular stage in my life when my internal furnace is always set at boiling. So I was thrilled to get assigned a story at the Insurance Institute of Business and Home Safety. It’s a little like the crash test dummies car lab, but for buildings. That’s cool, but it wasn’t what I was excited about. Taking a left on bumpy rural road in Richburg, South Carolina, there it was — a seven-story wall of gigantic fans. It just about sent shivers down my spine…

 

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