What is Resilience?

Resilience in the built environment, it is the ability for infrastructure, buildings and society to withstand and recover from extreme events.

This definition encompasses a variety of resilience aspects:

1. Climate resilience
The Centre for Resilience will address how the built environment should adapt for climate change. This could include information on flood resilience and adaptation to manage; increased rainfall; higher wind speeds; extreme cold; overheating and how to be respond to storm damage.

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2. Disaster resilience

Tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, droughts and famine all take unprecedented toll, not only on human life, but also on the built infrastructure. Rebuilding – with resilient reconstruction practices – following a natural or anthropological disaster, will be a key focus area for the Centre for Resilience. Learn about our recent project in this area – QSAND – delivered with the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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3. Security and cyber resilience

In our increasingly digital world, the way we operate and secure our buildings, homes and infrastructure, is highly dependent on resilient technology. The centre will explore a range of issues around making our technology robust, protecting data and ensuring quality building performance.

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4. Societal resilience
The impacts of increased urbanisation, increasing populations and high density developments, can breed social unrest – especially if coupled with adverse weather impacts like overheating. How can we ensure that our existing communities and new developments can alleviate the tensions and stresses that lead to social unrest? These are just a few of the key societal challenges the Centre for Resilience aims to tackle.

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