Regional and Urban Design Committee

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The Regional and Urban Design Committee (RUDC) aims to improve the quality of the regional and urban environment by promoting excellence in design, planning, and public policy in the built environment. This will be achieved through its member and public education, in concert with allied community and professional groups.

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Daniel E. Williams FAIA

The historically the foundation of the architectural and planning profession began with the designing...

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James J. Malanaphy III AIA

During the month of June, HRC Chair Peyton Hall, FAIA helped AIA Advocacy and Government Affairs staff...

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Cities as a Lab brochure

The American Institute of Architects’ Cities as a Lab initiative aims to tap the power of design to...

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    Sustainability & First Ring Suburbs

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    A first ring suburb is an encircled city that... more

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    John F. Kennedy and Urban Policy

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Resilient Design: The Regional and Urban Scale Webinar Resources

The historically the foundation of the architectural and planning profession began with the designing of buildings and cities that fit and functioned with its place - its location, its climate. Climate change and the associated impacts, along with exponential population growth and the over-consumption of resources associated with that growth, is rapidly degrading the system balance. This balance contributes to economic stability, natural resource renewal and our quality of life. This out-of-balance, stresses the natural systems ability to provide the basic services essential for life - clean water, air and a productive soil.
For thousands of years architects have been ingenious in their ability to design solutions that solve for environmental challenges. Recent examples are the green and sustainable design movement focused on solving challenges of creating healthy, energy efficient buildings.

Resilient design incorporates those missions but also includes the designs' ability to adapt to changing conditions.
In general systems theory the process is to start by understanding the system larger than the project - for example when working on a building-site design first learn the urban pattern it is part of.

Resilient design is a design initiative and philosophy that is informed by the larger system. Region to urban, urban to neighborhood, neighborhood to architecture - each informed by the other.

Resilient design builds on our professions history by promoting adaptive and adoptive solutions to architecture and the urban and regional scale - design challenges that are responsive to dynamic and changing conditions at a scale commensurate with the challenge.

See the National Building Museum poll on What Makes a City Intelligent

Latest Discussion Postings

  • Allen E Neyman AIA

    RE: 21 measures to add pedestrian safety

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    This is great stuff. What we can do as designers...

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    21 measures to add pedestrian safety

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    Friday, December 12, 2014 21 Measures for...

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    RE: Home Elevators

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    Hi Brian, Thanks for your insight! It is interesting...

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    The Architect in an Age without "Isms"

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    Friday, December 5, 2014 ...

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    RE: Home Elevators

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