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BEAR 2008 was a gathering for international academics, practitioners, professionals and policy makers concerned with the future of Built Environment Education and Research. The theme was to promote built environment related education and research towards a more expansive view of the life cycle of infrastructure projects, one that extends beyond the traditional cycle of feasibility analysis, planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance and divestiture. This revised life cycle should encompass the construction professional’s ability to anticipate and respond to unexpected events that damage or destroy an infrastructure project – from earthquakes and climate change to terrorist attacks – and reflect construction’s ongoing responsibility towards an infrastructure’s users.

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