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Views on resilient design by some leading architects

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 | 0 comments

There’s a nice discussion about resilient design in Metal Architecture magazine that was just posted. It features Robin Guenther, FAIA of Perkins + Will; Greg Mella, FAIA of SmithGroup; Robin Minnery, the new staff leader on resilience issues at the American Institute of Architects; Jeffrey Dugan, AIA of Dattner Architects; and myself. Along with providing useful overviews of resilient design and how it differs by location and  building type, we even get into how metal affects the resilience of a building—it is a magazine on metal buildings, after all! (I noted that metal is...

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It’s Snowing Again in Boston…and Time to Focus on Resilience

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 | 8 comments

It’s Snowing Again in Boston…and Time to Focus on Resilience

Coastal New England has run out of places to dump the snow. Roofs are collapsing. Tempers are flaring. Schools have been cancelled so many days that students may be in classes into July.

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Adapting to Climate Change: Does Nature Need a Helping Hand?

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 | 8 comments

Adapting to Climate Change: Does Nature Need a Helping Hand?

On our farm I want to do the right thing for the land, and I think that includes not only working to get rid of invasive species but also introducing some more southern species that are not yet common in this area.

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How to Make a Hospital Resilient: A Tour of Spaulding Rehab

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 | 1 comment

How to Make a Hospital Resilient: A Tour of Spaulding Rehab

Spaulding Rehab hospital in Charlestown, MA is designed and built to provide for sheltering in place. A key part of this strategy is the inclusion of screened, operable windows in patient rooms, lounges, offices, and other spaces.

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Musing About Food Security as the Snow Swirls Outside

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 | 5 comments

Musing About Food Security as the Snow Swirls Outside

We are reminded, from time to time, just how quickly store shelves can be depleted.

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The Most Resilient House in North America

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 | 10 comments

The Most Resilient House in North America

When his house burned down in 2012, Alain Hamel he set out to build a home that would keep his family safe no matter what nature threw at it.

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