Designing to withstand the unpredictable.
We help communities prepare for—and protect themselves from—natural and man-made shocks like hurricanes, super storms, droughts, sea-level rise, heat waves, wildfires, and earthquakes. Even social volatility and economic stress.
Places that are designed, planned, and organized for resilience have a significantly greater chance of weathering physical trauma and social provocations. They’re also much more likely to regenerate and prosper afterward.
How can cities implement a reflective (versus reactive) approach to the COVID-19 crisis? Jessica Florez, Senior Urban Designer and Co-Director of our Resilience Lab, explores both the city’s role in our current moment as well as potential strategies that may mitigate future pandemics’ impact on the built environment.
Climate change is a critical part of resilience. But it’s really only one-third of the bigger picture. True resilience takes into account social and economic concerns, too. Our S-E-E approach to resilience provides more holistic protection to our clients and communities.
In 2012, we helped develop one of the world’s most comprehensive resilience consensus standards. Today, RELi has been formally adopted by the U.S. Green Building Council, and is poised to become a global rating system similar to LEED.
Resilience starts with people. The healthier we are, the more resilient we are. We’re helping institutions partner with their communities to plan resilient health districts that feature green infrastructure, sustainable buildings, and health-supporting amenities—all within reach.