Framework for Design Excellence Design for Change
Adaptability, resilience, and reuse are essential to good design, which seeks to enhance usability, functionality, and value over time.
- How does the project address future risks and vulnerabilities from social, economic, and environmental change?
- How is the project designed for adaptation to anticipate future uses or changing markets?
- How does the project address passive survivability and/or livability?
- Resilient design strategies
- Risk and vulnerability assessment
- Passive survivability and livability
- Flexibility and adaptability
If you can do only one (or a few) thing(s):
- ZERO CARBON: Design buildings that are ready for and adaptable to future uses, energy sources, and technologies.
- RESILIENT: Design for adaptation and flexibility of the building and site by reviewing against climate risks, determining the service life of the building, and projecting opportunities for incremental building performance over time.
- RESILIENCE: Design buildings to act as a community resource during disaster events, offering shelter, charging points, communication hubs, warming/cooling centers, and points of distribution.
- EQUITABLE: Asses how your project can respond to current and future disaster events (natural or man-made) with designs that protect the most vulnerable members of the community and enable rapid recovery.
- HEALTHY: Address the potential public health risks associated with climate change (and recent intersectionality with COVID), and design to improve community health.