It’s Resilience, Stupid! Presenting New Approaches to Urban Resilience

Thursday, June 06, 2019 at 11:00am to 12:00pm

Resilience is the capacity of buildings and communities to recover quickly from disasters and disruptions of normal daily life. It is often confused with robustness, a concept at the heart of engineering design.

In this webinar, we argue that robustness is not the sole driver of resilience and that the current engineering practice is insufficient to design for the resilience of buildings and communities subject to extreme wind events, earthquakes and so on. We present a suite of new approaches that explicitly target resilient building design from the assessment of wind loads in neighborhoods to the component design of buildings in their environment. These tools are illustrated through a number of case studies of recent hurricane disasters including Hurricane Irma (2017) and Hurricane Michael (2018).

The webinar will be presented by MIT Professor and CSHub Faculty Director Franz-Josef Ulm.

The MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) webinar series offers information of general interest to members of the building, paving, and construction communities, as well as to educators, students, journalists, and law and policy-makers interested in the environmental and economic impacts of decision-making concerning infrastructure. Videos of past webinars are archived to the CSHub YouTube Channel.

Webinars are free and open to the public. Presentations are geared toward a lay audience.

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Sustainability, environment, climate change, Resilience, College of Engineering, Cities, urban studies and planning, hurricanes, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering




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