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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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RDI and our “resilient home” profiled in The Guardian

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 | 1 comment

RDI and our “resilient home” profiled in The Guardian

“I want even climate change deniers to boost the energy performance of their homes. Doing so will keep their families safer during power outages and other disturbances, and it will benefit all of us,” Alex explains.

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Resilience forum in Boston

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 | 1 comment

The RDI’s Alex Wilson spoke at a recent forum in Boston called  “Building a Resilient City: Preparing Our Buildings for Climate Change,” sponsored by A Better City. From the report on the forum in EcoRInews:  Alex Wilson, president of Resilient Design Institute and executive editor of Environmental Building News, suggested other construction strategies. He said he believes all new construction in the United States should be built to the hurricane standards now used in Miami. He also recommended using flood-resistant building materials instead of ordinary carpeting and...

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Two major resilient design events

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 | 0 comments

This one will feature RDI’s Alex Wilson as a panelist: a discussion at the United Nations entitled Resilient Design for Sustainable Urbanization — Friday, October 4. Info here.  And, on Thursday in Boston: Building A Resilient City: Preparing Our Buildings for Climate Change, the second event in A Better City’s “Building A Resilient City” series. Alex will be speaking at this event also. Info...

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RDI’s role in two recent reports

Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 | 0 comments

RDI’s role in two recent reports

There’s a new blog from Urban Green on the reach that the NYC Buildings Resiliency Task Force report has had beyond New York City. RDI was involved with one of these new reports–for the City of Boston. You can access the Urban Green blog here, or download a PDF of the Boston report, Building Resiliency in Boston, directly. Also, if you haven’t had a chance to look at the NYC report itself, I’d encourage you to take a look at both the summary report and a more detailed report with descriptions of each of the proposals coming out of the Task Force. You can view or...

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Wilson featured on Building Capacity Blog

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 | 0 comments

RDI’s Alex Wilson (who is speaking tomorrow at the GAF Commercial Partners in Growth conference in Nashville), was interviewed recently by Building Capacity Blog. Here’s a link, and here’s a snippet, in which he responds to the question of whether sustainable building and resilience may sometimes be in conflict: I think there are aspects of green building that at some level may be in opposition to resilience. For example, redundancy is an important aspect of resilience, while efficiency is more in line with green building. This is fine; we’ll need to rethink some...

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