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Metrics of Resilience and the RELi Rating System

Sustainability and resilience are two sides of the same coin. When combined with regeneration, civility, and health, they create an emergent property that can be thought of as a ‘living system.’ In this presentation, architect and eco-entrepreneur Doug Pierce of Perkins+Will simultaneously explores the theory and practice of resilience through a holistic lens grounded in biomimicry and the reductive perspective of checklists. He will offer clarity on how sustainability and resilience overlap, and where they differ.

This transdisciplinary presentation will blend design, science, and engineering with actionable metrics from the RELi Resilience Action List and rating system that are readily available to design practitioners, decision-makers, and policy experts. RELi was launched in 2014 and was adopted by the USGBC at Greenbuild 2017.

Doug Pierce, AIA, LEED Fellow, Global Resilience Lab Co-Director and Senior Architect, Perkins+Will

Doug Pierce is Co-Director of the Perkins+Will Global Resilience Lab, where he works as a thought leader to mold the firm’s sustainable design initiatives since 2001. His experience with resilience, regeneration, and sustainability spans 30 years and includes projects in eco-economically challenged regions, from the Ozark mountains of Arkansas to India and Sri Lanka. Over the past 15 years, he has shaped the design and led the certification of over 1.5 million square feet of LEED Platinum construction in the upper midwest. He has developed ground-breaking masters-level courses in sustainable design theory and practice at the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, focused on integrating design, engineering, metrics. and method into a seamless whole. This work led to his role as Principal Investigator for the RELi Resilient Design Action List and Rating System.

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Organized by
AIANY Committee on the Environment & ASHRAE
  • Sponsored by
Christus Spohn Shoreline Hospital in Corpus Christi, Texas is the first RELi Pilot Project and is scheduled to open in 2019.
Wednesday, 6/13
6pm to 8pm
Center for Architecture
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