The construction sector is often perceived more conservative than than other sectors. The Cobouw magazine, a prominent construction magazine in the Netherlands, invited me to share my insights from reconstruction in the Philippines and Nepal. I tried to translate my lessons learned to Dutch construction professionals together with journalist Yvonne Ton (photo by Dolf Cantrijn).

As an architect I know how great it is to make construction manuals and 3D images. However, I stress that these are often not very useful in low-income communities. These abstract drawings are difficult to understand and do not acknowledge local construction practices.

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