Response, Recovery, Rebuild

Posted by Leslie Jackson on February 19, 2010
Response, Recovery, Rebuild

The three R's after any disaster are: Response, Recovery & Rebuild. Response is the first few days, as rescue workers try their best and aid begins arriving. Recovery is the next few weeks, as aid gets out into the field, roads get cleared, water and electricity is restored, sewers are fixed, and temporary accommodation built. But the biggest challenge is the long rebuild which can take months and years, and usually takes place when the world's attention has moved on.


PechaKucha Night ( was conceived in Tokyo in February 2003 by architects Mark Dytham and Astrid Klein as an event where young designers could meet, network and show their work in public. Over time, it has evolved into a massive celebration of creativity, with events regularly being held in over 270 cities. Last year, more than 6,000 presentations were given at +600 PechaKucha events.

Drawing its name from the Japanese phrase for the sound of conversation ("chit chat"), the PechaKucha format is simple – 20 images x 20 seconds – and designed to keep presentations concise and moving at a rapid pace: 20 seconds, 20 images, 200 cities, 2000 presentations, 200,000 people—with the aim to raise $1,000,000 for rebuilding Haiti.

The 280-city PechaKucha network is joining with Architecture for Humanity  to help rebuild Haiti 20 seconds at a time. (Architecture is a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to building a more sustainable future through the power of professional design. Founded in 1999, this design services firm channels the resources of the global funding community to meaningful projects that make a difference locally.)

As the simulcast show goes around the world from city to city, they are hoping that many experts and people with ideas and experience relevant to the issues in Haiti will come forward and make presentations. They hope to start a database of ideas, information, and experiences related to recovery and reconstruction, recorded in the PechaKucha 20x20 format, that can form a 'go to' resource for those involved in similar disasters and relief work in the future. The ultimate goal is to raise public awareness about what needs to be done (and what has been done in the past) in the event of a disaster.


Find a location and join the conversation on the 20th. The city locator map and search function is here:


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