During a visit to India in early 2016, I noticed that the way people dealt with interruptions had changed but that they were not any closer to having a continuous 24/7 supply of water and electricity.Read More
With this test, we want to get something out there so that experts could weigh in in this key aspect of resilience.Read More
We all know that it’s more challenging to make existing buildings energy efficient or resilient than it is to achieve those goals with new construction. Because of the preponderance of existing buildings, though, this is where the heavy lifting needs to happen. A large...Read More
When Hurricane Joaquin affected the East Coast the first week of October, the two wind turbines generated nearly a month’s worth of electricity in just five days.Read More
— Robert Meyer, a professor of marketing at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in response to Superstorm Sandy
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.
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.
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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