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Resilient Design: Not as mainstream as we’d like

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 | 1 comment

Resilient Design: Not as mainstream as we’d like

As part of its monthly tracking how the architectural firms are faring, in its latest survey the American Institute of Architects queried members about their resilient design practices. Since “resilient design” is a concept that’s not yet the kind of household word that “sustainability” has become, we’re encouraged at the number of architecture shops that report having done projects that involved resilient design (about a quarter of them) — but at the same time, the numbers indicate that resilient design has a ways to go before it is a mainstream...

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The Resilience Imperative in Canada

Posted by on May 9, 2014 | 0 comments

Adam Auer, the Director of Sustainability for the Cement Association of Canada, has just posted an excellent article, “The Resilience Imperative,” in ReNEW Canada: The Infrastructure Magazine. Adam interviewed me when he was writing the article, and I think he’s done an excellent job at capturing the salient issues. Even though the article is dense with facts and statistics, it is a very readable, concise article. Well worth a read. You can fine the full online article at this link.

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Adaptation Stories

Posted by on Feb 27, 2014 | 3 comments

In collecting photos to use in the Resilient Design course I’m teaching right now at BAC, I came across a wonderful blog, Adaptation Stories, that’s worth spending some time with. Two young women, Allie Goldstein and Kirsten Howard, who had just completed their Masters studies at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, spent three months last summer traveling 17,000 miles through 31 states and interviewing 158 people who in some way are dealing with adaptation to climate change. They posted 38 stories derived from their travels and...

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Architecture for Humanity

Posted by on Oct 2, 2013 | 0 comments

Here’s word of another conference taking up the resiliency theme: On November 7-9th, 2013, your favorite humanitarian design and resiliency conference presented by Architecture for Humanity is back for another round of innovative panel discussions, workshops, Design Open Mic, and inspiring dose of industry networking. This year’s theme, Designing for a More Resilient World, will highlight the intensifying need to protect livelihood in a world which is continuously dealing with the aftereffects of issues like climate change, urbanization and population shock. Via...

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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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100 Resilient Cities

Posted by on Sep 24, 2013 | 0 comments

NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Today, during the opening plenary of the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, President Bill Clinton announced a global Commitment to Action to the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge. The Commitment to Action, led by The Rockefeller Foundation and shared by Swiss Re, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Architecture for Humanity, and Palantir, will support at least 100 cities to hire a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), create a resilience strategy, and provide access to tools, technical support, and resources for...

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