February 1, 2018.
What is resilient design? How does it work? What are emergent ways to apply resilient thinking?
These questions formed the basis for the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s symposium Resilient Design: State of the Art and Emerging Issues for the Built Environment. Twelve distinguished professionals made clear that the built and natural environments are inextricably intertwined, and we urgently need a more nuanced and interdisciplinary approach to resilient design. The presenters reminded us that the problems we face are complex and that we have the agency to act through design. They insisted that we need to act now and be critically aware of the dynamic interaction between systems, because it will be systems thinkers who advance the state-of-the-art in resilient design practice.
Outcomes include: A working definition of resilient design, how to emulate life’s blueprints to inform design decisions, how to make the economic case for resiliency, how to balance risk, and a plan for action with 14 state-of-the-art resilient practice elements. The multidisciplinary “informed urbanist”, emerged as the model for the future of leadership in the planning, design, and management of a resilient built environment.