Who is responsible for taking action?
The concept of urban resilience is the ability of residents, institutions, neighborhoods, businesses, and infrastructure within a city to survive, adapt, and thrive especially when faced with incredible stress, sudden spikes in activity, severe weather conditions, or population growth. Long term planning, research, and engaged leadership are required for a successful resiliency plan, but social equity and responsibility are also major factors in the urban resiliency equation.
Our Fall UNITE panel will feature ideas around the following questions:
- How are economic sectors, landowners, industries, and society members held accountable for actions that impact the resilience of the entire city?
- Does the proposed action plan consider a variety of social statuses and income levels?
- Are marginalized groups being included in the resilience decision making process?
In the city of Boston, we are fortunate to have several organizations, community leaders, and trailblazing institutions dedicated to ensuring the city’s resiliency facing the climate and social challenges that may lie on the road ahead. With these thoughts in mind, who should take action next?
Our diverse panel discussion is hosted by Shepley Bulfinch and is set to take place on Thursday evening September 21st.
Moderator: Jennifer Aliber, Shepley Bulfinch
Jennifer is a Principal and senior member of the Healthcare Practice Group at Shepley Bulfinch.
She focuses on programming, master planning and clinical planning with an emphasis on the strategic, operational and experiential requirements that drive space allocation. Jennifer is particularly interested in developing innovative planning models that result in improved efficiencies and care delivery. She has written extensively on a broad range of subjects, including “The Real Numbers” series that examined square footage requirements and building multipliers. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College, graduating Summa cum Laude, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and received her Master of Architecture from Princeton University. She has served on the Board of the Academy of Architecture for Health (AIA) and the Center for Health Design Environmental Standards Council.
Doors open at 6:30pm; Discussion begins at 7:00pm.
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UNITE is a quarterly event series showcasing the intersection of design and everything else. Each UNITE event brings together four thought leaders around a complex topic like entrepreneurship, healthcare, data visualization, and local manufacturing – and only one of the panelists is a designer. During the event all four panelists bring a unique perspective to the conversation and interact with the audience to explore the topic. Following each discussion are drinks, networking, music, and fun. UNITE events are hosted and sponsored by various generous businesses of the Greater Boston area. If you are interested in hosting one of these events, please check out our host page here for more information.