Architects, Climate Change, and Resilience: Bridging Gaps Between Research and Practice

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Perdue, Joanne, L.
School of environment and sustainability
Intensifying climate change impacts puts cities at unprecedented risk, including their populations, ecosystems, and built environments. In the face of large-scale and enduring climate change impacts, resilience has rapidly emerged as a central priority for cities. Research indicates resilience thinking is relatively new among North American built environment professionals. This qualitative study employed semi-structured interviews to understand how Canadian architects engaged in green building or regenerative design conceptualize and apply resilience thinking in their practice. It then compared these findings with how resilience is conceptualized in scholarly literature and embedded in green building practice frameworks. The research findings identified resilience as an emerging concept, with the participants’ climate science and resilience literacy varying considerably. Further, there were notable gaps between the definitions of resilience in the reviewed scholarly literature and the green building practice frameworks. The study conclusions identified seven core attributes to advance resilience thinking and practice.
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