Friday, December 14, 2012

2012 AIA Honolulu CSI Pacific Building and Trade Expo

Dean Sakamoto presented the concept of resilience in architectural design as it relates to the current standards of sustainability. Resilience in the built environment has to do with society’s ability to rebound or recover from widespread disruption caused by a natural or human-induced event. The first area of his talk addressed Hawaii’s vulnerability to coastal storms and how informed planning and design can prepare us for the associated hazards of high winds, heavy rains, interior flooding and coastal surge before disaster strikes. The second area coupled sustainable design and resilient mitigation strategies for commercial and institutional buildings. Dean's presentation ended with a mini-design exercise in which the audience of over 50 architects made sketches for a community safe room for a public school. 

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