Post-disaster reconstruction of the built environment: rebuilding for resilience. By Dilanthi Amaratunga and Richard Haigh, Wiley-Blackwell, London, 2011. 336pp, ISBN 978-1-4443-3356-5, £75.00 (hb)
The construction industry is typically engaged in a range of critical activities after a disaster: providing temporary shelter after the disaster; restoration of permanent shelter and public services such as hospitals, schools, water supply, power, communications, and environmental infrastructure. This book identifies the challenges that face the industry and highlight best practices to enable the construction industry to address those problems which make an effective response to these unexpected events difficult. Written by an international team of experts, this book will help researchers and advanced students of construction understand the problems faced by communities and the construction industry when faced with a natural or man made disaster, and identify the planning and management processes required by the industry to mount an effective response.