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 Guide: Volume I of the Guide describes the six step planning process and provides a worked example to illustrate the process. Volume II is a resource that describes how to characterize the social and economic dimensions of the community, dependencies and cascading consequences, and building and infrastructure performance.
- 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.
- Pomegranate Center: To support healthy, productive engagement, this set of Ground Rules for Collective Creativity was developed by the Pomegranate Center.
- 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.
- Ready For Tomorrow: Seven Strategies For Climate-Resilient Infrastructure: Convened by the Hoover Institution, this paper is a yearlong collaboration of diverse perspectives that lays out seven strategies for developing more climate-resilient infrastructure.
- Washington Survey of State Land Use and Natural Hazards Planning Laws: Survey by the American Planning Association that examines the relationship between comprehensive plans and local zoning ordinances in the context of state-level natural hazards planning.
- Adapting Infrastructure and Civil engineering Practice to a Changing Climate: Discussion by the Committee of Technical Advacenment of ASCE on the potential significance of climate change to engineering practice.