Snapshots from Dar es Salaam

Flood impact and urban adaptation in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania As part of an on-going Action Research project involving the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ in Leipzig Germany, I was commissioned to shoot video interviews with key stakeholders and experts in Dar es Salaam Tanzania, as well as to document the flood problems through still photography. The research project investigates the capacity of local authorities to consider climate adaptation in their local budget and seeks to empower them to integrate adaptation measures in their development activities. The field work in Dar es Salaam was conducted in partnership with Read more

Photo of the Month – April

This month the winner of the Resilient Cities Photo Contest is Eric Schaechter with his photo featuring a retailer in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania during the flood earlier this month. Eric travelled to Dar Es Salaam to document the collaboration between the Helmholtz Zentrum für Umweltforschung – UFZ and the municipality of Kinondoni, located in the northern part of the City. The partnership focused on finding solutions to the flood problem in the municipality. “Dar es Salaam has a rainy season that lasts about two months. During this season, residents of the city who have settled into lowlands are constantly Read more

Resilient Cities Photo of the Month – March

Jelenko Dragisic‘s picture shows the Story Bridge of Brisbane  Jelenko Dragisic’s photo shows us the resilience of the city of Brisbane in Australia. Brisbane experienced a strong flood in January 2011. The summer of 2011 was locally known as the “summer of sorrow”!  A series of disasters, mostly flooding and cyclones hit the country and had severe impacts. Now, three years later, Brisbane is recovered and the bridge framing the city perfectly captures and symbolizes a resilient and prospering city. At the time of flooding in 2011, Jelenko Dragisic was the CEO of Volunteering Queensland. The co-ordinated volunteering effort saw Read more

Resilient Cities Photo of the month – February

Daniel Horn’s picture shows resilient post-hurricane Sandy rebuilding efforts  “This photo was taken on the south shore of Long Island, in the small coastal village of Lindenhurst. It depicts the perfect point during the post-Sandy reconstruction phase where it is very clear that these communities will inevitably change. Residential homes & neighborhoods along the water will be essentially lifted above the earth anywhere from 5-10 feet, making them #resilient for decades to come.” Daniel is a young architect working in an architecture firm on resilient reconstruction after natural disasters. His experiences with Super-storm Sandy have fostered his interest in helping his Read more