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Grand Bahama after Hurricane Dorian

Grand Bahama after Hurricane Dorian: Interdisciplinary approach to Build Back Better

In collaboration with the University of the Bahamas, we used the Charette model, the Three-point Approach and the conceptual framework: Build Back Better to propose a solution that involves several aspects: Reduced risk overall, increased social cohesion on the island, improved life quality and reduced costs during reconstruction in the aftermath of a hurricane event. Based on the analysis of the island, the hurricane and the important physical processes, a division between protection method is proposed based on the location on the island: collective andindividual protection.

van der Hucht, Laura (TU Delft Civil Engineering and Geosciences)
Hoogervorst, Chris (TU Delft Civil Engineering and Geosciences)
Storm, Piet (TU Delft Civil Engineering and Geosciences)
Grgic, Petra (TU Delft Architecture and the Built Environment)
Ortiz Velasquez, Federico (TU Delft Architecture and the Built Environment)
Ă–zdemir, Tolga (TU Delft Architecture and the Built Environment)

Build back better

The main vision for the reconstruction of Grand Bahama is to Build Back Better. This is done by taking an interdisciplinary approach and connecting engineering to spatial planning and design. The proposed strategy reduces the risk by taking into account exposure and vulnerability of the general risk approach. The main point of the strategy is to create a resilient urban environment in which vital infrastructure like the airport remains functional. This is done by making a collective protection zone of the economic and social city centre of Freeport, a zone that also offers shelter. Individual protection and evacuation shelters will be given to residents, buildings and facilities in the less densely built areas, east and west of the city.


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Hooimeijer, F.L. (mentor)
van de Ven, F.H.M. (mentor)
Lanzafame, R.C. (graduation committee)