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New Report Highlights Six Resilience Strategies Shaping the Future of the Built Environment

Monday, October 29, 2018  
Posted by: Shannon Roberts
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In its third annual “Impact by Design” report, architecture and design firm Gensler examines the future of resilience and sustainability in the built environment. As the world becomes increasingly urban, building and city design has the potential to dramatically impact our future. By mid-century, the report states, urban areas will account for more than 75 percent of the world’s population. This shift may come with material benefits: Urban centers tend to be far more resource-efficient than rural and suburban areas, and the ecological footprint for urban-dwellers is half the national average in the U.S.

These benefits can be enhanced with thoughtful design, technology that allows us to better operate our buildings and a focus on adapting and upgrading our existing building stock. As urban areas continue to develop, cities can be better incorporated with the natural world, creating beautiful spaces that conserve resources and are adaptable to the effects of climate change. Gensler has identified six areas with the greatest potential for positive impact in the coming years: form, materials, adaptation, energy, water and intelligence. Truly resilient spaces will require design strategies and technologies working in concert across these areas to maximize both performance and the human experience. Read the full report online.


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