Architects Assist in Alabama's Recovery

A team of national experts assembled by the Washington, D.C.-based American Institute of Architects are traveling to Alabama tomorrow to spend four days assisting communities ravaged by the April 27 tornadoes in developing a long-term recovery strategy.

The Regional and Urban Design Assistance Team (R/UDAT), which is serving at the invitation of the City of Birmingham, will be visiting the community of Pratt, Ala., which was especially hard hit by the tornado. The community process will include physical tours of the neighborhood and surrounding areas, public workshops and focus groups to allow citizens to have a voice, and a series of design studios. The team will publicly present key strategies moving forward and will issue a formal report of its recommendations.

R/UDAT is a public service of AIA and comprises nine national experts who provide pro bono services. “Our team includes experts in a range of disciplines that have decades of experience working with thousands of citizens on revitalization issues in a host of communities around the world,” says Joel Mills, director of the Center for Communities by Design.

For more information about the recovery efforts in Pratt, Alabama as a whole and Joplin, Mo., read our article from the September issue.