Category: Urbanization

The front lines of urban resilience, all around the world

The front lines of urban resilience — by Center for Architecture’s Bill Millard

Last week’s UN symposium on sustainability and resilience, held in New York City,  highlighted  the imperatives to minimize risks and mitigate our consumption, to keep our urbanizing passion from accelerating into an “uncontrollable” future.

Sea Change — NYC after Sandy

Sea Change — NYC after Sandy

Monday, September 30th 2013:  New York City Conference

SEA CHANGE: THE SHIFTING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SUSTAINABILITY AND RESILIENCE
As extreme weather events increase in frequency, so too does concern about the resilience of our cities and the buildings we inhabit. Through our work leading the Building Resiliency Task Force, we’ve noticed a shift in the approach to sustainable buildings, one that more frequently includes resilience.  It’s a change that could strengthen the relationship between sustainable strategies and resilience measures or expose contradictions between the two.  As the building industry prepares to meet the challenges of a changing climate – rising sea levels, increased precipitation and drought, more frequent and intense storms, and higher temperatures – we ask, how do we maintain our efforts to mitigate climate change while simultaneously responding to its inevitable consequences?

Preserving Landmark Buildings Helps Cities to Thrive

Preserving Landmark Buildings Helps Cities to Thrive

While preserving historic landmarks is not the answer to our city’s affordable housing crisis, it is certainly not the cause of it — no matter what developers may claim.