Resilience by Design: Post-Disaster Innovations from Asia


Hands-on, practical architecture and product designs that have emerged in the wake of natural disasters have proven effective at providing temporary shelter and solutions to disruptions in public services, especially in developing countries. These on-the-ground solutions are helping displaced communities “build back better.” How are Asia’s cities, especially the poorest communities, rebuilding after being impacted by natural disasters and various devastations, such as in the Philippines one year after Typhoon Haiyan? With climate change projected to increase the frequency of extreme weather events, what are some of the urban design lessons to be learned from around the world and how are they driving a new industry of resilient and replicable DIY architecture and products?

Join ASNC as we bring together experts for a look at some of the most innovative concepts taking place today in resilient architecture and design. The event will also feature selections from a United Nations exhibition, Resilience by Design, by the Open Online Academy ( which showcases some of the best resilient DIY designs from across the world. 


Mary Comerio (moderator), Professor of the Graduate School, Department of Architecture, College of Environmental Design, University of California Berkeley

Patrick Condon, Chair, Urban Design Center, and Professor of Landscape Architecture, School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia

Illac Diaz, Founder, Liter of Light and My Shelter Foundation

Hiromi Tabei, Program Coordinator, Architecture for Humanity

Program Agenda:

5:30 – 6:00 p.m. Registration and OOAc Exhibit 
6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Panel Discussion and Q&A
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Reception and Networking

Promotional Co-Sponsors: Architecture For Humanity, Urban Land Institute, Give2Asia, The Yale Club of San Francisco

Create Light, Create Change Workshop

Are you interested in participating in a pre-program workshop with Asia Society Gamechanger Illac Diaz?

Join us at 4:00 pm prior to the program for an intimate interactive workshop on building a solar powered bottle. You will personally interact with Illac Diaz, who is responsible for developing and distributing this disruptive technology across the world. Workshop participants gain free admission to the subsequent panel discussion "Resilience by Design: Post-Disaster Innovations from Asia."

Space is limited. To reserve your spot, RSVP before December 5th to The participation fee is $10, and covers materials for the workshop and admission to the panel discussion. All proceeds from the workshop will be donated to LiterofLight.

Event Details

Wed 10 Dec 2014
6 - 7:30 p.m.
ASNC, Bechtel Conference Center, 500 Washington Street, San Francisco
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$10 Asia Society Northern California/Co-Sponsor Members and Students / $15 Non-members
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