Building the Future: A Distinguished Lecture Series for Academics and Professionals
Jack Baker discusses "Engineering Disaster-Resilient Systems in an Uncertain Future" and how it relates to adaptation.
There are several radical changes underway in the design of the built environment to resist disasters. First, the traditional practice of designing only for occupant safety is being questioned. Societal stakeholders are increasingly also demanding that our facilities and infrastructure recover rapidly and for reasonable costs. Achieving these demands requires a deeper understanding of the recovery process, and of the interaction between the built environment and human systems. Second, climate change, rapid urbanization, and other drivers mean that our past experience with disasters is no longer a direct guide for what we will experience in the future. Achieving future performance targets thus requires new predictive techniques and tools to design for performance objectives. In this seminar, Dr. Baker will discuss these changes, and describe some research underway to advance our ability to create a disaster-resilient built environment.