Resilient Design: Creating a Built Environment Prepared for Climate Change

Architects increase awareness of the importance of considering how the built environment might fare in disasters
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1 AIA LU/Elective; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 AIBD P-CE; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.; This course can be self-reported to the NSAA; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; OAA 1 Learning Hour; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the lessons on land use and zoning to be learned from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
  2. State three requirements of the Wildlife-Urban Interface Code
  3. List two strategies architects can employ to improve resilience after wildfire
  4. Detail the dual focus of San Francisco’s Office of Resilience and Capital Planning

This course is part of the Resiliency Academy

This course is part of the Resiliency Academy

Below are a set of links to building type studies from Architectural Record, which are in-depth analyses of particular kinds of buildings, with photos, drawings, specifications, detailed descriptions, and design solutions. Click on each link below, read the article then complete the quiz to earn your credit and certificate of completion.

Climate change is creating challenges across the globe. Hurricanes with their associated winds and flooding, wildfires, extreme heat or cold, and earthquakes are occurring more often and with greater intensity. The projects highlighted in this course show how communities are addressing these challenges and becoming more resilient in the process.

Reeling from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Architects Focus on Rebuilding and Resiliency
After two Category IV Atlantic hurricanes hit the United States in the same season, architects led, and continue to lead, efforts to build back better using resilient design principles.
Miriam Sitz

Architecture Studios Incorporate Resiliency into Their Designs
Architecture schools recognize the increasing effects of climate change on how cities are built and are taking steps to prepare the next generation to respond to future disasters.
Erin Hudson

California Towns Rebuild After Wildfires With Resilience in Mind
California Towns Rebuild After Wildfires With Resilience in Mind Ravaged by wildfire, rebuilt towns will be made more resilient with stricter adherence to California’s wildfire-urban interface building code.
Pam Radtke Russell

Architects Bring Solar to Hurricane-Battered Puerto Rico
While it will take years to fully restore Puerto Rico’s electrical grid, one group aims to rapidly restore electrical service by installing permanent solar arrays on the island.
James S. Russell, FAIA

Study Outlines Quake Risk in San Francisco
A new report examines the potential impact of earthquakes on a large group of buildings higher than 240 feet.
Deane Madsen

Quake Risk

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Originally published in July 2019