Together with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Northeastern University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the global consulting firm ICF International Inc. the Center is mobilizing multidisciplinary academic experts, policymakers, industry leaders, and emergency managers from major urban areas around the globe to accomplish four primary objectives:

  1. Sharing multidisciplinary findings on identifying qualitative and quantitative measures for designing resilient systems, communities, and buildings;
  2. Sharing the resilience lessons learned drawn from recent major disasters;
  3. Identifying economic incentives for adopting resilience measures;
  4. Recommending modalities for strengthening the network of regional, national, and international researchers to advance resilience-related research.

The Center is organizing a two-day workshop to be held in the Fall of 2014 to provide interdisciplinary exchanges of information on transitioning design specifications to enable resilient design; addressing international research on interdependent infrastructure design to enable lifeline infrastructure systems to nimbly recover after extreme events; advancing urban planning that supports building resilient communities; and devising economic and political incentives for successfully implementing those plans and designs.

Workshop participation is invitation only. A flyer is available here. Please contact Sean Burke for more information.

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