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 beneficial in certain respects, but can make it harder to achieve resilience relative to maintaining livable conditions in a building that loses power, unless the thermal bridging through metal framing is addressed.)
Anyway, the discussion is worth a read. I was pleased to see that two of the other participants mentioned the role RDI is playing in this design field.
Here’s a link to the article: http://www.metalarchitecture.com/articles/magazine-features/resilient-design-roundtable.aspx