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Resilience is the ability of a system (building, community, person) to bounce back and thrive in the face of a changing and uncertain future. While we'd like to believe that the buildings we construct will live on forever, we know that the only constant is change. We focus on flexible design that can respond to future events, rather than static structures that embody planned obsolescence

We find that talking about resilience engages more stakeholders than sustainable design conversations ever did, because the discussion is more holistic than 'saving the environment' and encourages conversations about equity, economics, and values. We can be honest about our fears for the future while working to do everything in our power to reduce the impact of those events on the the things we care about most dearly. We consider what we are saving and who we are saving it for.

We work with our clients to identify internal risks and access research on external risk. We engage in scenario planning to determine strategies and also rely on national standards and research like the RELi Action List + Credit Catalog to incorporate best practices into our work.

Focusing on resilience doesn't mean we've given up on sustainability, it just allows us to take a broader view. While we provide net-positive energy and carbon neutrality planning to help mitigate climate change, we also design buildings and communities that can adapt to the unpredictable and extreme weather of our future climate.

Precipitate is dedicated to using REGENERATIVE ARCHITECTURE & SYSTEMS THINKING to solve the climate crisis. The work we do in our office every day is a collective response to an imminent need for action. We march today with the Global Climate Strike to push for solutio...

Affordable housing is a critical need for thriving, sustainable communities, enabling all residents access to a safe and stable place to call home. While public funding for new affordable housing developments often requires enhanced sustainable design, such as Green Co...

INFILL ECOLOGY 

Cities, neighborhoods, and buildings all go through cycles of renewal and decay. This project proposes the development of mixed-use affordable housing and retail within vacant pockets of an established neighborhood. Community businesses, services, and in...

Elizabeth was a Research Assistant for the Salovich Zero Plus Campus Design Project at the University of Minnesota from 2010-2011. The project explored the potential for the Campus to become net-positive in terms of energy and water consumption and serve as a living la...

UMore Park is comprised of nearly 5000 acres of primarily agricultural and research land currently owned by the University of Minnesota. For several years through 2013, the University explored potential future development of the site as a large-scale demonstration of t...

Four practices impacting campus carbon neutrality are increasingly common at Colleges and Universities in the United States: faculty and students are engaging in hands-on sustainability curriculum, facilities personnel are analyzing campus energy consumption data, admi...

The Campus Resilience Game helps players to quickly understand the benefits of an integrated approach to planning in meeting multiple demands that campuses face while being resilient to unknown events. It is conducted as a workshop on campuses, and our team has present...

Hook & Ladder Apartments will provide 118 units of affordable housing in Northeast Minneapolis in two buildings, one of which is Passive House (PHIUS+ 2015) pre-certified, the other is standard affordable housing construction. Upgrades to the PHIUS building include enh...

I was honored to present the Campus Resilience Game at the National Association for College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) Annual Meeting this week with Erika Bailey-Johnson from Bemidji State University, Shane Stennes from the University of Minnesota, and K...

The 2017 Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship required participants in a five days competition to design a corner Grocery Store, Maker Space, and Community Design Collaborative for the corner of Glenwood and Penn in the Harrison Neighborhood of Minneapolis. Elizabet...

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