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Maria Moita

Architecture of Emergency


Natural disasters and armed conflicts cause massive destruction and displacement of people every year. In 2016 31 million people were internally displaced by conflict, violence and disasters, which is the equivalent of one person forced to leave their house and belongings behind every second. This means that around the globe there is the need to provide emergency support and shelter, seek solutions for displacement, lay ground for reconstruction and where possible prepare evacuation at a massive scale across the globe. Shelter is a central element in the path from survival to recovery. Shelter is the essence of the habitable space and is designed to meet the most minimum requirements to provide protection, safety and dignity to the affected families. Shelter is also the anchor to a place where people settle even if temporarily, and therefore the provision of shelter in a post-crisis scenario goes beyond the delivery of walls and a roof and needs to be understood and developed as a catalyzer of recovery.


Maria Moita
is an architect graduated from Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto (FAUP). In 2002, Maria started working and researching about construction in post-crisis scenarios, both man-made and natural disasters and since then worked in Timor-Leste, Haiti, Pakistan, Nepal, Philippines, Micronesia and Vanuatu. Currently, Maria works in Bangkok, in the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as the Emergency and Post-Conflict Specialist. She supports disaster responses in countries across the region, dealing with housing and infrastructure destruction, displacement of population, relocation, reconstruction and evacuation, in coordination other humanitarian agencies and in line with global standards and best practices.


November 6, 2018
7 pm

Luís de Freitas Branco Room
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