February 8, 2018 – ANN ARBOR: You may have heard the term resilient cities thrown around recently. But what does it mean?

Introducing A3C’s new feature Thinking Thursdays, where we’ll introduce a common threat to resilient cities and give a few examples of why it matters in sustainable architecture.

This week: Hazards. Hazards pose a threat to safety. Hazards such as hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes, blizzards, drought, and wildfires are responsible for injury, death, and property damage as well as social and economic disruption. These events are no longer a one-off, once in a lifetime event; particularly when we look at the impacts of climate change.

Some examples of this recently include Hurricanes Harvey and Maria, along with the California wild fires this last December. Each of these disasters pose interesting questions and opportunity for architects going forward. Read about how an architect led a team to power Puerto Rico after the hurricane, or what architects can learn from Harvey, and how the California fires prompted architects to act.

As the challenges architects face evolve, sustainable design must evolve too. Visit A3C’s blog or facebook page next week to learn about another term of resiliency.

Based off this guide by AIA National.