Bernard Amadei

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1 Bernard Amadei, University of Colorado, Dept. of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, Boulder, CO 80309, amadei@colorado.edu Abstract Engineering curricula in modern universities are mostly designed toward solving the problems of the one billion rich but do not address the needs of the five billion poor on our planet. This is unfortunate as(More)
The current trend in foreign aid is toward small-scale sustainable development projects in partnership with defined communities. However, these projects are subject to the influences of self-interested human behavior, poorly defined community structures and resources and organizational constraints that can prevent full realization of development models.(More)
Earthen building has evolved with mankind and creates housing opportunities world-wide. Building with stabilized compressed earthen blocks (SCEBs) is becoming more popular due to the low cost, relative abundance of materials, and quality product performance. The need for a standardized method of soil selection, SCEB production procedure, and subsequent(More)
The final copy of this thesis has been examined by the signatories, and we find that both the content and the form meet acceptable presentation standards of scholarly work in the above mentioned discipline. Over the past few decades, the proportion of international development projects that have been successful has remained low across development agencies.(More)
Rural communities in developing countries are most vulnerable to the plight of requiring repeated infusions of charitable aid over time. Micro-business opportunities that effectively break the cycle of poverty in resource-rich countries in the developing world are limited. However, a strong model for global commerce can break the cycle of donor-based(More)
Disaster recovery has been studied from a variety of perspectives including the fields of sociology, engineering, policy implementation, political-ecology, systems theory, geography and urban planning, leading to a wide variety of definitions and indicators for measuring recovery. In order to assess what indicators can be used to measure both pre-disaster(More)
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