"Building resilience entails identifying and investing in places and infrastructure that are the most likely to endure." (Urban Land Institute, "Ten Principles for Building Resilience," 2018, page 10) This page is intended to highlight best practices for planning safer human habitation in the face of natural climatic and geologic events.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
The Purpose of this Page
News of communities devastated by natural climatic and
geologic events seems to be increasing.The increased density and vulnerability of our built environment
exacerbates that devastation.Thus, reducing
that vulnerability will dramatically improve societal resiliency in the face of
If we can create physical
communities that are less susceptible (by location and design) to damage, we
can focus our post-event attention on restoring functionality and community
spirit, rather than mourning loss of life and paying to rebuild homes and
businesses. It seems simple enough.The solutions are there. But implementing
them—particularly in some of the most populous and vulnerable places in the
world—remains a challenge.
This web page
is intended as a resource to help inform and to inspire safer and less
vulnerable human habitation through the geographic integration of science,
engineering, economics and public policy. I highlight newsworthy events and
case studies; and I seek to share exemplary policies and “best practices” with
the goal of improving locational decisions that reduce damage and loss of life
from natural events.
I welcome your
input and feedback!
For more about me and what prompted me to begin this blog, please see my first post, here: