Alex Wilson

Fundamentals of Resilient Design: Wet Floodproofing

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 | 0 comments

Fundamentals of Resilient Design: Wet Floodproofing

Letting floodwaters into a building is an important resilience measure, but it has to be done in a way that prevents damage.

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How California Can Model Dramatic Change

Posted by on Apr 5, 2015 | 3 comments

How California Can Model Dramatic Change

America will watch California respond to the drought, and I’m hoping that that can be a model for response to the even bigger—far bigger—challenge we all face with climate change.

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Proposing a Resilient America Service Corps

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 | 9 comments

Proposing a Resilient America Service Corps

Along with outdoors-focused initiatives, a Resilient America Service Corps could provide the labor needed for weatherization, installing window treatments, and carrying out deep-energy retrofits.

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California’s Continuing Water Woes Call for Creative Solutions

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 | 3 comments

California’s Continuing Water Woes Call for Creative Solutions

“Right now the state has only about one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and our strategic backup supply, groundwater, is rapidly disappearing.” -Jay Famiglietti, Ph.D., NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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My Resilient Design course at BAC starts up soon

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 | 9 comments

For the past two years, I’ve been teaching the online course, Resilient Design, through Boston Architectural College (BAC). The eight-week course runs from March 23 to May 16, 2015 and is limited to 15 students. It’s a great opportunity to dig into the issue of resilience at both a building scale and a community scale and to participate in in-depth online discussions. The course is offered through BAC’s Sustainable Design Institute and earns 1.5 credits that can be used towards a Masters in Design Studies or simply taken as continuing education. Here’s the course...

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Engineering Our Way Out of Global Warming: Is Climate Intervention a Global Warming Solution That Republicans Will Get Behind?

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 | 3 comments

Engineering Our Way Out of Global Warming: Is Climate Intervention a Global Warming Solution That Republicans Will Get Behind?

I am all for carbon-capture—both the research needed to better understand it and the implementation of strategies that employ it. But albedo modification (enhanced solar reflectivity) is a different story.

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