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As our sea levels rise, our storms strengthen, and global climate change impacts our urban environments, the architecture and planning industries must respond with resilient solutions and adaptive environments. The Committee on Resilient Environments (CORE) seeks to better understand the problems we face and the many strategies we can employ for a more resilient future.

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Committee Chairs
Dave Hampton, Jr. /
Devanshi Purohit /

Upcoming Events

November 21, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Community Resilience: The Role of Design

In an era of federal inaction and confusion, community and civil society organizations are in unique position of strength in terms of understanding how best to address the needs of their constituents. Designers can be proactive in this critical emerging area of practice, playing an increasingly pivotal role in helping communities:

Navigate complex needs assessments to identify critical vulnerabilities and strengths, especially as we face a changing climate.
Leverage existing partnerships and develop new connections to funding and technical assistance.
Democratize planning, strengthen local capacity, and put local ingenuity into action.
The panel will feature an exciting mix from academia, design and planning practice, and community leadership:

Daniel P. Aldrich, Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Urban Affairs; Director, Masters Program in Security and Resilience, Northeastern University
Dumas LaFontant, Executive Director, Lower Roxbury Coalition
Rashmi Ramaswamy, Director, SHED Studio
Dave Hampton - Co-chair, BSA CORE and Principal, re:ground LLC - will moderate.

Practice your participatory design enquiry skills with a simple collaborative exercise, while our panelists give real-world insight.

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For those who qualify, 2 LU/HSWs are available.

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Past Events

October 3, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Climate Ready Boston: Rise Up! Workshop

Climate Ready Boston is the City of Boston’s flagship climate mitigation and adaptation strategy.
This workshop will specifically point to projected climate impacts, explore adaptation strategies, and lead attendees in developing effective skills in preparing for those impacts within their own communities. Feedback from the workshop will be shared with the City for use in shaping strategies for strengthening Boston’s climate resiliency.
BSA’s Committee on the Environment (COTE) and the Committee on Resilient Environments (CORE) co-present this workshop as part of the Climate Ready Boston Leaders program.

For those who qualify, 2 LU/HSWs are available.

To learn more about the Committee on Resilient Environments, visit

July 26, 2016 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Building Strategies for Flood Resilience  Adria Boynton will present and discuss retrofitting Boston's buildings in flood-...
May 18, 2016 | 5:15 PM - 6:45 PM

The BSA Committee on Resilient Environments and Healthcare Facilities Committee welcome you to a presentation by Steve Friedman, PE, director of facilities engineering design and construction for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Mr. Friedman will be presenting on his experience designing for Infrastructure Resiliency in Healthcare, examining his work for MSKCC post Hurricane Sandy.

For those who qualify, 1.5 LUs/HSW are available

April 25, 2016 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Join us for a thought-provoking and inspiring discussion with Michael Mehaffy, author of Design for a Living Planet, who will be joined by Jennifer Light, MIT professor of science, technology and society, and author of The Nature of Cities. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Committee on Resilient Environments (CORE), the Committee on the Environment (COTE) and the Foundation for Modern Architecture

For those who qualify, 1.5 LUs are available

March 31, 2016 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
CORE Resiliency Seminar Series - Planning Meeting Please join CORE for its kickoff planning meeting regarding its fall 2016 Resiliency Seminar Series...
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