About RDI

Our Mission

The Resilient Design Institute creates solutions that enable buildings and communities to survive and thrive in the face of climate change, natural disasters and other disruptions.


The Resilient Design Institute was founded to advance the many facets of resilience at personal, community, and regional scales. RDI focuses on the built environment, energy, food, infrastructure, and economic systems, as well as the organizations and institutions that manage and support these systems. The Institute is concerned both with catastrophic events, such as storms, floods, fires, and sudden power outages, and with long-term shifts like drought, rising sea levels, and economic dislocation. The institute maintains a website on resilient design, sponsors think-tank retreats on topics related to resilience, publishes white papers, and provides consulting services related to resilience.


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