Urban Design Townhall|

Townhall: Urban Design to Create Resilient Communities

When: Wednesday, February 22, 2023 | 12:00-1:30pm PT

Units: 1.5 LU/HSW (pending approval)

Committees: Urban Design Committee, in partnership with the Resilient Design Committee

What is the responsibility of the Architect and allied professions in focusing on Resilience and Adaptation to create/enhance Resilient Communities? What is the role of the architect and allied professions in protecting health, safety and welfare?

Climate change renders many areas in California, the country and the world virtually uninhabitable, or at higher and higher risk. In this Urban Design Townhall, made in partnership with the Resilient Design Committee, attendees will learn the importance of incorporating resilience and adaptation into daily practice. This conversation will explore resilience and adaptation in design, such as ethics of rebuilding in hazardous areas, how to prepare for greater density needs due not only to the housing crisis but to inevitable climate migration, and best ways to shift the systems building and regulating construction to a resilience model.


Stephanie Reich, AIA | Design and Historic Preservation Planner, City of Santa Monica


Kate Collignon | Partner, HR&A Advisors

Egon Terplan | Lecturer in City & Regional Planning, UC Berkeley

Luiz Barata | Senior Planner/Urban Designer, Waterfront Resilience Program, Port of San Francisco

Phoenix Armenta | Senior Manager for Climate Equity and Community Engagement, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission

AIA California
AIA California
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