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CORE reboots for 2017!

Hello everyone!

2017 has brought some changes in leadership and direction, all while building on CORE's core goal of seeking to better understand the problems we face and the many strategies we can employ for a more resilient future. 

We hope you'll stay tuned and be involved as we develop our programming for 2017-2018.


Devanshi and Dave


Devanshi Purohit 

Devanshi Purohit

Devanshi is an Associate Urban Designer at CBT Architects and has worked on large scale projects in US, India, Europe and Middle East. Prior to CBT, Devanshi worked at SCAPE, where she was a team member for significant projects like Living Breakwaters, which was one of the winning proposals for Rebuild by Design competition. She also serves as a Chair of the Junior Board for Asia Initiatives, a non-profit based in New York. 

Dave Hampton

Dave Hampton

Dave is Principal of re:ground llc, a resilience strategies consultancy which finds ways to involve everyday people deeply in climate adaptation and community resilience through the integration of natural systems and built environments. Dave has 20 years of design, planning, and international development experience and holds a Master of Design Studies in Risk and Resilience from Harvard GSD, where he contributed to the Semifinalist Award-winning Boston Living with Water competition entry ‘No Building is an Island’. Dave led Urban Habitat Chicago in living building systems, energy efficiency, urban agriculture, and materials resource conservation initiatives during a period of municipal alignment with sustainable practices. He also led recovery and redevelopment for Architecture for Humanity and J/P Haitian Relief Organization in post-earthquake Haiti.


Special thanks to Tyler Shannon and David Parker, who formed CORE, served as co-chairs during its first two years, and helped Devanshi and Dave in restarting the organization. Their dedication to laying the groundwork for CORE to continue to grow and develop is much appreciated.


We are excited to build upon the work of those before us - leaders, members, and the public - in fulfilling a new mandate for CORE, as we try to explore relevant topics for - and with - a wider audience.


  1. Conceive of CORE as a proactive platform for convening, bringing in the expertise of those outside the architecture, engineering, and planning disciplines.
  2. Focus on three under-represented lenses of resilience:
    1. Social / community
    2. Ecology
    3. Governance
  3. Clarify distinctions between sustainability and resiliency so that concepts - and practices - are better defined, more complimentary, and more useful to the design community.


  1. Highlight case studies, strategies, and practices originating from – or which may contribute to – marginalized, disadvantaged, and diverse communities.
  2. Explore the (market, academic, operational) tensions between sustainability and resilience.
  3. Articulate through regular meetings and a workshop series how resilience may be a more effective concept when viewed along a spectrum: resilience > adaptation > transformation.

Advocacy agenda:

  1. Give increased attention to the role of the design community in activating and strengthening social, community, and institutional resilience.
  2. Synergy and partnership – compliment the missions of other BSA committees, such as the Committee on the Environment (COTE), while helping to cover additional territory in supporting BSA's broader goals and mission.                 
  3. Advise the BSA on issues surrounding resilience that might impact policy and practice on a broad scale.