Resiliency is a design concept that considers sustainability in the context of of environmental volatility, future-proofing, disaster preparedness and mitigation. Today’s projects will be tomorrow’s buildings and time is a critical parameter in their evaluation. We must consider the relevance of a building over time with special regard to climate change and the ability of the project to passively cope with disaster, to preserve life and property.
The Center for Culinary Excellence at Johnson & Wales University is situated on a fully paved, low-lying former industrial area within view of the Narragansett Bay in Providence, RI. Here, we recycled asphalt on site to build up a protective plinth that placed all critical elements of the building 14 feet above sea level, safe from projected storm surge. The building now hovers safely above newly planted green spaces, offering better views of the bay. By building in passive resilience, the project and environment both benefit.