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COTE: Resistence is Futile. Resilience is About Recovery

Too often in America we think that we can resist change or “build” resilience by building everything to higher performance standards.  This mindset means we will be spending vast amounts of resources on solutions that make us more brittle, not more resilient.  If you hear someone say, “We’ve been doing resilience for 50 years!” then you know that what they are selling is not necessarily what will be needed.

Resistance to change in one strategy, but in times where the probabilities of future events are unknowable and when technology is rapidly accelerating, using resistance as the only resilience strategy can be a fool’s errand.

Learn how we can apply the attributes of resilience found in natural and social systems to create flexible, adaptable, and affordable buildings and infrastructure that are truly resilient. Once we reframe the questions we ask ourselves, we open up a whole new playbook of strategies that are based on recovery rather than resistance.

Steve Moddemeyer
Steve Moddemeyer is a principal of Collinswoerman with 30 years’ experience leading governments, land owners, and project teams towards increased sustainability and resilience. He creates tools, policies and programs that empower communities to implement resilience principles into planning for land use and urban infrastructure. He works on climate change adaptation, sustainability strategies for large urban redevelopments, and advanced sustainability strategies for land owners, cities, counties, and utilities.

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Register by June 4. Contact Connor Descheemaker with any questions.

Presented by AIA Seattle’s Committee on the Environment.


June 5, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938


WA United States
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