UH conducts hurricane resilient design workshop at national convention

June 24, 2014  |   |  Comments
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Kauaʻi Civil Defense and Esaki Surveying and Mapping take part in a HURRIPLAN design exercise.

Kauaʻi Civil Defense and Esaki Surveying and Mapping take part in a HURRIPLAN design exercise.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) will present a one-day pre-convention workshop focusing on hurricane hazards and resilient building design strategies at the 2014 American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention in Chicago, Illinois, on June 25.

Developed by NDPTC in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, HURRIPLAN: Resilient Building Design for Coastal Communities will introduce participants to best practices for community planning and non-residential building design in hurricane-prone regions. Utilizing a hands-on approach, the workshop will also incorporate instructor-led discussions and a design exercise using a hurricane-prone school site in New York City.

The workshop will also cover existing regulations and best practices designed to increase community shelter capacity, while addressing design concerns such as sustainability, accessibility, architectural aesthetics and regional culture.

HURRIPLAN was developed by NDPTC and a team of national subject matter experts led by practicing architect Dean Sakamoto. Presenting the workshop with Sakamoto will be NDPTC instructors Illya Azaroff, Michael Lingerfelt and Dennis Hwang.

NDPTC’s partnership with AIA and other professional associations will build resilience through training, education and research on disaster-risk reduction,” said Karl Kim, executive director of NDPTC.

A UH Mānoa news release

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