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Beyond Single Building Toward a Community and Regional Resilience Approach

You'll learn effective solutions for building resilient communities, and how to establish design criteria and long-term hazard mitigation and adaptation measures, resulting in better protection for coastal communities.


In coastal communities, the impacts of hurricanes and earthquakes are exacerbated by sea-level rise and aging infrastructures.

This course looks at community actions designed to visualize future impacts, identify critical weaknesses, and identify mitigation measures. We'll explore solutions for building resilient communities.

In reviewing case studies, you'll learn:

• The pros and cons of hazard mitigation approaches in coastal communities

• What qualifies a building or community as "resilient"

• Best practices for critical decision-making on development, retrofits, and relocation by incorporating emerging knowledge into project planning

The end result from the strategies presented? Resilient buildings and better protected coastal communities.

Learning objectives

Upon completion participants will be able to:

  • Compare three specific classes of mitigation approaches to define design criteria and performance criteria for specific projects in the context of expected hazard impacts.
  • Evaluate community-wide or regional issues of vulnerability and risk in order to identify site or project-specific design parameters.
  • Assess community inter-dependencies to then define how the design of a specific project may impact the risk faced by surrounding buildings or facilities and vice versa, allowing them to incorporate appropriate mitigation.
  • Participate in and contribute effectively to the current and growing demand for resiliency and adaptation solutions in coastal communities throughout the United States and abroad.
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 $40  non-member
 $25  member
1.00 LU
  • HSW
  • RIBA


  • Ricardo Alvarez

    Ricardo A. Alvarez

    Research Associate, Florida Center for Environmental Studies/Florida Atlantic University

    President - Research Affiliate,, Inc.

    Ricardo Alvarez is internationally recognized as an expert, researcher, educator, speaker  and...
  • Rachel Minnery

    Rachel Minnery


    Director, Built Environment Policy, American Institute of Architects

    Rachel Minnery, FAIA is an architect with over 15 years of design and management experience in both...