CRISP Type 1/Collaborative Research: A Human-Centered Computational Framework for Urban and Community Design of Resilient Coastal Cities (

Coastal City Resilience

Coastal cities play a critical role in the global economy yet they are increasingly being exposed to natural hazards and disasters, such as hurricanes, recurrent flooding, and sea-level rise. These events can directly impact critical coastal infrastructure such as the energy, transportation, water, and sewer systems as well as the built environment, thus adversely affecting the safety and well-being of urban residents. 

Resilience describes the ability of a system to reestablish a satisfying level of performance after the occurrence of damage. A resilient coastal city is damage tolerant to natural disasters limiting its physical and socio-economic impact. However, cities today are large complex systems operating upon a set of interdependent infrastructure systems such as energy, transportation, water and sewer as well as a built environment. 

Our Mission

Our mission in this collaborative interdisciplinary project is to create novel paradigms for resilient urban and community design uniquely tailored toward coastal cities. As such, we will enhance the damage-tolerance of the critical coastal infrastructure and foster a socio-economic resilience via anticipatory interventions. The developed techniques and simulation models will contribute to redefining traditional urban design strategies with the integration of architecture, urban design, land-use planning, civil engineering, and advanced computational methods centered on socio-economic drivers.