Lessons from adversity – Reed Kroloff: WORD Christchurch

Reed Kroloff is an architectural writer and commentator living in Washington, DC. He has served as Director of the famed Cranbrook Academy of Art, Dean of Architecture at Tulane University in New Orleans (during and after Hurricane Katrina), and Editor in Chief of Architecture magazine.

Reed Kroloff: Lessons from adversity
Reed Kroloff: Lessons from adversity

His presentation Lessons from Adversity looked at New Orleans and Detroit, and was utterly relevant to Christchurch in terms of planning, architecture, and life. Here are some notes and tweets from this session – words literally cannot convey it, as Reed’s stunning slideshow of images, examples, and infographics were at the heart of this talk.

His messages were:

  1. Sympathy lasts for ten minutes.
  2. Governments don’t care, people care.
  3. Money is thicker than water.
  4. Planning is important.
  5. Stop planning already.
  6. Be prepared.
  7. Get a story.
  8. People are resilient.
Reed Kroloff: Lessons from adversity
Reed Kroloff: Lessons from adversity

Reed enjoyed our “jaunty” Re:START Mall, and reckons Christchurch people are a lot like New Orleans folk – practical and proud. We went away saying Yo.

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