Author: Yky

Hanging over disasters

There is no disaster without the interpretation from which it originates. From archaic societies with disasters considered as “acts of God” to Rousseau’s letter raising the principle of a human responsibility in the 1755 Lisbon’s earthquake, disasters question the connection between nature, society, and humans. Current scientific literature provides abundant publications on how vulnerabilities transform […]

Disasters are not natural

Beyond semantics and the importance of words, using the expression “natural disasters” leads to place the responsibility of disasters on Nature and by doing so, ignore that they are caused by societal failures. Echoing the myth of an individual resilience that could rebalance the consequences of inappropriate governance, “natural disasters” are at best an inaccurate […]


A photographic work based on single pics, diptychs and triptychs, partly darkening in time, as a methaphorical representation of ephemerality: an unconventional way contributing to resilience thinking.

Bonding bike, a story.

Connections between vulnerability and social capital are expected to provide resources and reinforce solidarity. The way community ties will enable to respond and possibly to anticipate disasters play a major role when facing social disruptions. But how can we be sure that bonding ties will improve a common wellbeing in a social habitus expressing the […]

The sky was the limit.

The emotional load linked for ever to September 11th is such that we overlook the threats of our built environment as if we were obsessed by a high-rise tower urbanism. Most answers to address this risk are biased by current neo-capitalistic paradigms encouraging building as high as possible with no perception of our vulnerability drivers. […]

Non-sense of place.

“The demolishing is a decision of easiness and short term. It is a waste of many things – a waste of energy, a waste of material, and a waste of history. Moreover, it has a very negative social impact. For us, it is an act of violence.” The statement of Anne Lacaton, co-winner of the […]

Fueled tipping points, a story.

Scientists propose quantitative planetary boundaries enabling humanity to grow for generations to come. Crossing these boundaries may lead to tipping points and major shifts threatening our future. In the same way, socializing in mobility spaces is linked to qualitative boundaries which are critical when shaping territories allowing individuals to interact with one another. Crossing or […]

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