Understanding Resilience

The American Institute of Architects: Sustainability Initiative

Buildings and communities are subjected to destructive forces from fire, storms, earthquakes, flooding, and even intentional attack. The challenges facing the built environment are evolving with climate change, environmental degradation, and population growth. Architects have a responsibility to design a resilient environment that can more successfully adapt to natural conditions and that can more readily absorb and recover from adverse events. The AIA supports policies, programs, and practices that promote adaptable and resilient buildings and communities.

AIA Sustainability Initiative: Framework for Resilience
Understanding Resilience
Qualities of Resilience

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Reframing Resilience:
What makes a community “resilient”? What are the primary threats our communities need to be resilient against, and how do those differ by geography, income, size, or economy? Perhaps most important, who is responsible for creating—and maintaining—resilience at the community level, and how does one community learn from another?

  • Public Report: Reframing Resilience:Proceedings of the AIA2015 Resilience Summit
  • Public Report + Member Supplement
    With an emphasis on the unique interests of architects, the added member supplement relays the key discussion points of the 2015 AIA Resilience Summit members-only working session and provides members with a comprehensive set of resources for the beginner or intermediate architect of resilience.


Why does Pittsburgh need Resilience?



“These are just a few of the chronic stresses and acute shocks that challenge and threaten Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh has made significant progress in improving environmental stewardship and transitioning from a city in decline to a thriving hub of innovation, technology, education, and medicine. However we recognize that there is still a need for focused, inclusive efforts to ensure all Pittsburgh residents and visitors live well and succeed.

In December 2014, Pittsburgh was selected as a member of the second cohort of 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by Rockefeller Foundation (100RC).

100RC is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.”

“We, as Pittsburgh’s citizens, communities, institutions and businesses, are working together to create a resilient Pittsburgh and we hope you join us!”

“Innovation & Performance | Resilient Pittsburgh.” Innovation & Performance | Resilient Pittsburgh. City of Pittsburgh, n.d. Web. 19 Feb. 2016. <http://www.pittsburghpa.gov/innovation-performance/resilience>.

Follow the link to learn more about Resilient Pittsburgh.