Designing cities to withstand natural disasters. In the aftermath of Cyclone Debbie in Australia, here is a discussion of some of the planning issues.
What happens after Cyclone Debbie is a familiar process. It has been repeated many times in cities around the world. The reason is that our cities are not designed for these types of events.
So we know what comes next. Queenslanders affected by Debbie will complain about the damage, the costs and the need for insurers to act now to compensate their losses. The state and federal governments will extensively discuss who is to blame.
From the NYTimes, this article on the design of a building post Hurricane Sandy: Preparing for the Future Using Lessons From Hurricane Sandy