Resilient Trans-Section

"Resilience" is at the core of most contemporary design and planning competitions. An analytical study of over 60 contemporary projects was collected into a compendium of resilient design precedents (competitions and visions). From each of the entries, strategies and metrics were extracted to highlight relevant and overarching themes and tactics. The following five frameworks were recurring across geographies and scales: 1) Connectivity and Reading the Landscape, 2) Open Ended Flexibility, 3) Landforms as Safe to Fail Buffers, 4) Integrating Blue-Green-Grey Infrastructure, and 5) Landscape as Filter.

This Resilient Trans-section is a 20' drawing and animated GIF that combines over 60 resilient design strategies into a prototypical urban transect with various densities and land uses. The projects range from early Olmsted designs to competition entries such as Rebuild by Design (2014), Resilient by Design (2017), and built work in Toronto, New York City, Denmark and the Netherlands. The drawing combines buildings, blue-green-grey infrastructures, and open space design into a fictional estuary condition. This drawing is meant to be shared in various public spaces and forums to offer and highlight resilient and adaptive design opportunities and potential.

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