"We underattend to the future, we too quickly forget the past and we too readily follow the lead of people who are no less myopic than we are."

— Robert Meyer, a professor of marketing at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in response to Superstorm Sandy

What RDI Does

RDI is the most accessible source of resilient design information. From clear case studies to wide-ranging principles and strategies to a blog that balances technical information with readability, we are committed to bringing awareness to the practice of designing survivability and adaptability into structures and communities. 

Defining Resilience

Resilience is the capacity to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain or regain functionality and vitality in the face of stress or disturbance.  It is the capacity to bounce back after a disturbance or interruption. From Katrina to Sandy, California drought to Mississippi flooding. Resilience is both response and action.

Defining Resilient Design

Resilient design is the intentional design of buildings, landscapes, communities, and regions in order to respond to natural and manmade disasters and disturbances—as well as long-term changes resulting from climate change—including sea level rise, increased frequency of heat waves, and regional drought.


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