What social insects can teach us about resilient infrastructure

January 4, 2018 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Eliza Middleton Accidents, natural disasters and random or targeted attacks can cripple human infrastructure. Our transportation networks, supply chains and communication networks are increasing in size and becoming more complex as our populations grow. How […]

Planning for yesterday: why are we building as if we live in a stationary climate?

January 7, 2016 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Will Bugler When planners, architects and designers build major pieces of infrastructure they, very prudently, consider the impact of future extreme weather events. However as thousands of flood victims in the north of England […]

Balancing efficiency and resilience: a recipe for systems that last

August 2, 2015 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Ella Jamsin Over the course of evolution, ecosystems have perfected their strategies for long-term prosperity, in particular by balancing efficiency with what makes systems resilient to perturbations. After over four billion years of natural […]

Everything has changed: Oil, Saudi Arabia, and the end of OPEC

February 8, 2015 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Elias Hinckley Saudi Arabia’s decision not to cut oil production, despite crashing prices, marks the beginning of an incredibly important change. There are near-term and obvious implications for oil markets and global economies. More […]

Twelve policies to boost innovation, resilience and prosperity in cities

October 2, 2013 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Kelly McCartney Cities are ripe with sharing opportunities. That’s kind of the point of cities, when you think about it. Shared infrastructure, culture, and space are why cities are dynamos of the economy. And when citizens and […]

Green versus grey: Nature’s solutions to infrastructure demands

April 12, 2013 Get Resilient 0

Contributors: John Talberth, Erin Gray, Logan Yonavjak & Todd Gartner Substitution of nature’s services with technological alternatives has been pursued with almost religious zeal as societies have industrialized over the past three centuries. But the […]

The new energy ROI: Resilience, Optionality, Intelligence

March 15, 2013 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Michael Liebreich In March 2005 I wrote the following: “In 1934, Aldo Leopold, a young professor at the University of Wisconsin and one of the pioneering figures of the environmental movement, tried to recreate […]

Energy innovation and traditional knowledge

January 25, 2013 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Kirsty Galloway McLean, Ameyali Ramos Castillo, Brendan Barrett Widespread heatwaves. Spiking temperatures. Uncontrollable wildfires. Unforeseen floods. Oppressive droughts. These kinds of extreme events are becoming the norm and, according to a growing body of […]

Burning Picassos for heat: Why we need to electrify transportation

January 12, 2013 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Kurt Cobb An oil executive once observed that burning oil for energy is like burning Picassos for heat. Oil is extraordinarily valuable as the basis for so many products we use every day that the thought […]

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