Welcome to an information page focused on something to which I've dedicated my career: Planning safer communities in the face of natural, climatic, geologic and man-made hazard events--more specifically, how to keep us all "out of harm's way." The Urban Land Institute defines "Building resilience" as "identifying and investing in places and infrastructure that are the most likely to endure." That's the answer in a nutshell. I welcome your feedback!
Friday, November 8, 2013
Location is Everything
Where to build? vs. How to Build?
As the table shows, building in an unaffected area is the best option for most natural hazards and will be a major part of the discussion here—particularly how
those location preferences are encouraged (financially) or, if need be, enforced (legally, politically).
When that just isn’t possible (e.g., earthquakes, where there is quite often no “safe” location, at least on a macro scale), research continues into a
variety of design solutions intended to help reduce the potential for damage
and/or injury during a natural event.Here are links to a few examples (from non-commercial sources) just to get the
The question of "What to build to be safe?" is definitely being answered. But these solutions don't come free. And the best solution may be a question of "Where to build?" So the conversation continues.