Building Resilience through Housing Reconstruction in Areas Affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines: Users Involvement and Incremental Growth for Medium-rise Buildings

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The paper discusses how families affected by Typhoon Haiyan have been involved in housing reconstruction in the Philippines and the potential for the use of medium-rise buildings. Case study methodology was conducted based on data collected three months after Typhoon Haiyan. Reconstruction projects show different degrees of users involvement such as “reparation of previous makeshift shelter,”“shelter as humanitarian assistance,”“expanding people’s opportunities to rebuild,”“users as unskilled labor,” and finally “enhancing users self-construction and self-management capabilities.”“Freedom to rebuild,” a capability approach framework to evaluate users involvement and resilience in postdisaster housing reconstruction, has been developed and applied to a project in Ormoc, Leyte.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Building Technologies


  • housing reconstruction, user involvement, resilience, typhoon Haiyan, Philippines
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Opportunities: Perspectives on Climate Change, Resilience, Inclusion, and the Informal Economy. A New Generation of Ideas.
EditorsAllison M. Garland
Place of PublicationWashington D.C.
PublisherWilson Center
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch