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  • Conservationtech Consulting 6446 Harwood Avenue
    94618 Oakland, California
    United States of America

    Email: Ran2@conservationtech.com
    Phone: +1-510-428-2252
    Website: http://www.conservationtech.com

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Conservationtech Consulting

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http://www.conservationtech.com

This consultancy led by Randolph Langenbach, F.A.A.R. is focused on *Heritage *Conservation with a particularly focus on the performance of buildings subject to *earthquakes. The work includes the documentation and analysis of buildings of traditional construction - particularly of *masonry and *timber...

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Mission

This consultancy led by Randolph Langenbach, F.A.A.R. is focused on *Heritage *Conservation with a particularly focus on the performance of buildings subject to *earthquakes. The work includes the documentation and analysis of buildings of traditional construction - particularly of *masonry and *timber *construction - around the globe. It has also included the analysis of buildings of other types of construction from earth (unfired clay), or 100% timber, to steel and reinforced concrete.
-Earthquake Risk Reduction
-Research and consulting in: *Turkey, *Afghanistan, *Iran, *Pakistan, *India, *Italy, *Portugal.

Disaster Reduction Goal

Increase broad awareness of comparative building performance by increasing peoples' understanding of what contributes to earthquake resilience - particularly in buildings of unsophisticated and unregulated construction - and thus reduce the risks to life and property, while also helping people reclaim their right and ability to build their own houses in a safe manner.

Policies and Programmes in DRR

International research and consulting for clients including UNESCO, The Turquoise Mountain Foundation, UN-HABITAT, the Global Earthquake Model (GEM), and the World Monuments Fund.

Membership in Key Networks

Randolph Langenbach is a former Board Member of US/ICOMOS, and is an ongoing member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committees ISCARSAH and ICORP.

Making disaster risk reduction a policy priority, institutional strengthening (HFA 1)

10 years of past experience working for the USA's domestic Disaster Risk Reduction agency: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Risk assessment and early warning systems (HFA 2)

Recent consulting for the Global Earthquake Model (GEM)

Education, information and public awareness (HFA 3)

* Experience as a Professor of Architecture specializing in Building Conservation technology and practice. Teaching at the University of California, Berkeley, and visiting professor in the Engineering Department at the University of Brescia, Italy. * Extensive experience in giving lectures and delivering papers at international conferences including over 20 Keynote Addresses and invited lectures in different countries around the world.
* Extensive experience as a documentary photographer.

Reducing underlying risk factors (HFA 4)

Specific risk reduction focus has been on vernacular buildings and buildings of common construction in daily residential and commercial use.

Preparedness for effective response (HFA 5)

Experience while at FEMA in disaster response and recovery not only after earthquakes, but also floods and hurricanes.

Other activities

Author of the books:

* Don't Tear It Down! Preserving the Earthquake Resistant Vernacular Architecture of Kashmir, published by UNESCO, 2009

co-author of * Preserving Haiti's Gingerbread Houses, 2010 Earthquake Mission Report, published by the World Monuments Fund, 2010.

Disaster Risk Reduction Focal Point(s)

The underlying philosophy of this consultancy is that wide differences in construction quality in most environments are inevitable, and that particularly in rural and developing urban environments, the common forms of building construction should be able to sustain such variations at the low-quality end without becoming the inevitable death traps as has recently been experienced with many buildings of recent construction in earthquakes.

Websites

http://www.conservationtech.com
http://www.traditional-is-modern.net
http://www.haiti-patrimoine.org

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