SXSW Eco 2015: 

Listen to Amy Chester, Daniel Pittman, Gia Biagi, and Rob Moore discuss resilience.

We strive to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, but we also recognize that a lot of ugliness is already baked into the cake. We’ll need to do things differently…quickly.

In cities, this means re-envisioning our relationship to water. Water scarcity, extreme storms, and flooding will all happen with a frequency that was not contemplated when our drinking water, storm water, and wastewater systems were originally built. Just look at Toledo…Texas…California…and the New York/New Jersey coastlines, post-Sandy. We need to rethink how we move water.

Innovation is underway. A lot of it spurred by engagement with the design community to bring creative thinking and new ideas. Rebuild By Design brought those creative forces to bear in the wake of Hurricane Sandy; an effort expanded with HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition to spark deep thinking and fund creative ideas to build climate resiliency into city and county infrastructure around the country.

– See more at:SXSW Eco 2015