Design Atlas for Climate Resilience : The Results
A team of top graduate students, outside experts and RDG staff members came together for 3 days in October for an in-depth exploration of community resilience, risk mitigation, adaptation, and the role design professionals and community leaders play in promoting climate change-resilient communities.
This is a huge topic, with layers of complex and interconnected challenges, and the residency students poured themselves into research and deep discussions of the issues, problems, and potential opportunities that face design professionals. They determined that the technical knowledge and expertise exist to address these problems; however, we lack the public awareness and the political will. It became clear no single solution would suffice. Effective climate resilience, Residents concluded, may rely as much on communication and information solutions as it does on design solutions.
They decided to focus on education as the best tool to build awareness and understanding about the complex challenges of climate change and resilience. Building on the idea of play as a platform for collaborative problem solving, Residents developed interactive learning-through-play prototypes that could be incorporated into school curricula or used in other learning environments, for children or adults.
Innovative design and engineering solutions combined with thoughtful and forward-looking communication, planning and policymaking are now and will continue to be key to successful adaptation and resilience in the face of massive climate change.