Resilience as a Planning and Design Fundamenta: Challenges and Solutions to Closing the Resilience

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Leading edge planners and designers are increasingly investigating how their projects can further resilience. Climate change acceleration and its growing impacts are converging with pervasive social problems, but our level of preparedness for these risks are not, thus creating a resilience gap. Planners and designers are well-positioned to close this gap, having significantly decreased greenhouse gas emission across their portfolios and, increasingly, considered adaptation efforts, both sometimes with a priority to build social equity. In this session, we will investigate the challenges that planners and designers face closing the resilience gap including:
1. using scenario-based versus linear information for decision-making.
2. brokering different time frames between client, finance and project life.
3. accessing relevant measures of resilience for cost benefit and other project comparisons.
4. moving the public view of design brilliance to less risky and more resilient options.
We will discuss methods to uncover resilience assets, find sources of revenue for resilience projects, illustrate resilience collateral benefits and decrease designer liability. Joyce Coffee, LEED AP, founder and President of Climate Resilience Consulting, will deliver a keynote address framing the discussion with insights based on her expertise focused on resilience strategies for municipal governments, corporations and nonprofits. This talk will be followed by presentations and critiques of several current Design Workshop projects with emphasis on resilience as part of a planning or design proposal.
Distance Learning
Course Equivalency
Development Trends
Housing & Community Design
Site Planning
Sustainable Development & Design
Urban Planning & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
Learning Outcomes
1. Understand the definition of resilience, perceptions of risk driving resilience demand and examples of resilience-centric planning and design
a. Perceptions to include corporate and government points of view, given DW client diversity
b. Resilience cases to include examples that address US/overseas, various hazards, solutions from art, environment, community and/or economics strategies

2. Anticipate current barriers to resilience implementation
a. Including imperfect risk and resilience information; immature measurement frameworks; unequal timeframes between risks and client engagement; limits of traditional cost benefit analysis; resilience knowledge levels of client points of contact; physical project scope limits options

3. Be able to apply designer- and planner-led solutions to resilience barriers
a. Including designer inspired visions of resilient utopias, measurement tools for project scale resilience and true benefit/cost; stress-test and resilience compare options; identify collateral benefits, consider market drivers such as liability, insurance, credit ratings.
Joyce Coffee, President, Climate Resilience Consulting
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