Community resilience design resources

The resilience of a building and of a community goes hand-in-hand. The health, habitability, and function of a building are largely dependent upon the community’s services, infrastructure, and residents.

Research, data, and community indicators can provide valuable information on environmental, public health, social, and sustainability factors affecting community resilience.

Here are resources and organizations to help you design and build a resilient community.

  • Community Resilience Planning Resources: These resources include defining vulnerabilities, involving community members, and designing for resiliency.
  • Livability Index: This tool scores community resources in seven categories: housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement, and opportunity. Designers can use this tool to understand the existing strengths and weaknesses of a community.
  • Principles of Community Engagement: This guide provides both a science base and practical guidance for engaging partners and stakeholders. Developed with health outcomes in mind, the principles of engagement can be used by a variety of professionals to support community engagement. Published in 2011.
  • Sustainable Communities Indicators Matrix: This compilation of indicators can be used to measure community sustainability. Each indicator’s relationship to sustainable communities and calculation method is described. Communities that utilize a given metric are also listed.
  • Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) Resource Library: This library includes tools, reports, fact sheets, and case studies developed by SCI grantees, HUD, and its Capacity Building partners.
  • ARUP City Resilience Index: This international framework can help cities understand and measure their capacity to endure, adapt, and transform.

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