building resilience: adapting to the perilous
The change in climate, due to global warming and increase in greenhouse gas emission, has exacerbated the frequency of devastating cyclones from the Indian Ocean in Southern Africa. Whilst Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar are the most affected areas, the South Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, specifically Chipinge and Chimanimani towns, receive a fair share of these cyclones due to their close proximity to the coastal areas of Mozambique. Because the cyclones strike recurrently, they have repeatedly damaged communities and left them vulnerable. This research will explore how sustainability and adaptability in design can foster resilience of these communities to cyclones. The prevalence of this natural phenomena has increased in the past recent years, hence this project aims to seek sustainable solutions to the physical and social challenges that are concomitant to cyclones. This will be achieved through proposals in Chimanimani, that will serve to abate the effects cyclones by facilitating all stages of disaster management (mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery).