urban resilience

They call it “pave, pipe, and pump”: the mentality that has dominated urban development for over a century. Along with the explosion of the motorcar in the early 20th century came paved surfaces. Rainwater – instead of being sucked up by plants, evaporating, or filtering through the ground back to rivers and lakes – was suddenly forced to slide over pavements and roads into drains, pipes and sewers. Their maximum capacities are based on scenarios such as 10-year storms. And once they clog, the water – with nowhere else to go – simply rises… With climate change both a reality and threat, many architects and urbanists are pushing creative initiatives for cities that treat stormwater as a resource, rather than a hazard.
—  Sophie Knight, “Resilient cities:  What would an entirely flood-proof city look like?” The Guardian (25 Sept. 2017)

Overview: Vinay Gupta is the designer of the hexayurt, a modern disaster relief shelter alternative to the tent. In this talk, he will be discussing social cohesion and Open Source, the profound disorientation caused by nanotechnology and nanomaterials and why Edward Snowden probably marks the beginning of the end of “business as usual” for the rest of our lives. Biography: Vinay Gupta is one of the world’s leading thinkers on infrastructure theory, state failure solutions, and managing global system risks, including poverty/development and the environmental crisis. He works at both the theoretical level, building models and mapping tools like Simple Critical Infrastructure Maps (used by US DOD) and at the completely practical level, where he is best known as the designer of the hexayurt, an award-winning replacement for the disaster relief tent which provides shelter at 20% the cost of a tent. Gupta helped start the US National Defense University STAR-TIDES program on humanitarian assistance, consulted on urban resilience for Arup, and is an Associate Fellow of the UCL Institute for Security and Resilience Studies Vinay Gupta, Change Tears and Shear Planes… how technology is splitting society, and leaving us indecisive WSA Global Futures