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Integrating Health, Housing, and Resilience

The Urban Land Institute proposes the blending of solutions in housing and public health as a method of increasing the resilience of cities threatened by natural disasters of all kinds.
September 6, 2014, 11am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"A new report from the Urban Land Institute, Housing in America: Integrating Housing, Health, and Resilience in a Changing Environment [pdf], explores the connection between strengthening the resilience of housing and communities to severe weather and building for health and wellness," according to a post by Robert Krueger written for the Urban Land Institute's website.

Housing in America was released at the ULI’s "Building the Resilient City" conference this week in San Francisco.

The report lists five fundamentals that are key to development practices that improve both the health and resilience of communities:

  • Develop Compact, Walkable and Mixed-Use Places
  • Encourage Greater Equity
  • Invest in Social Capital
  • Build Resource-Efficient and Durable Housing
  • Continuously Adapt for a Changing Environment

The report tests these fundamentals by examining the case studies of three communities destroyed or threatened by natural disasters: Greensburg, Kansas; San Diego, California; and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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