NEW! Resiliency and Adaptation: Rebuilding Paradise after the Camp Fire

Session Title: Rebuilding Paradise after the Camp Fire
Educational Track: Practice
Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Time: 8:00 PM
Price: $60.00 per person with full conference registration (includes dinner)*
* Alternate option for those not registering for the full conference: $110.00 per person for the Opening Night Meet & Greet with Exhibitors and the Paradise, CA Dinner Program.

On November 8, 2018, the most destructive wildfire in California history struck Paradise and neighboring communities, taking 85 lives and destroying over 19,000 structures. Despite being well prepared, approximately 85% of the town burned to the ground and 100% of properties sustained burn damage. Hundreds of other US communities are at risk of suffering the same fate. You will hear from Urban Design Associates the firm leading the recovery process in the town.

The frequency and impact of natural disasters is increasing, resulting in catastrophic loss of life and property damage. These events are compounded by climate change, environmental manipulation, and population growth. This presents new challenges for architects. It is no longer enough to be master builders. We must now also understand basic ecology and the social and economic factors that support adaptation and recovery.

So how can architects help?

Those attending this incredible session will learn how architects can work at the town/regional scale to address the shocks and stresses associated with disasters through analysis, community engagement, collaboration, and design/construction techniques.

The discussion will explore the events of November 8, the town’s long-term recovery process, the methods used to engage displaced/traumatized residents, and the approach to resiliency and adaptation. Topics to be covered will include participatory design, climate adaptation, and community resilience.

Content Leader:

Barry J. Long, Jr., AIA, LEED AP

President and CEO, Urban Design Associates

Barry is the President & CEO of Urban Design Associates (UDA), an international urban design, planning and architecture practice. He is recognized as a design leader and visionary of city planning and urban design projects across the United States. As a firm leader, he is responsible for exploring opportunities and creating designs that make sense for both communities and investors. His approach is rooted in UDA’s core values of engaging residents, designing in context, and creating community.

Barry’s professional experience includes leading teams in the creation of disaster recovery plans, urban master plans, new town visions, and neighborhood pattern books. An effective listener and artful facilitator, Barry has assisted countless clients to negotiate the challenges of competing stakeholder aspirations to arrive at strategies that successfully garner broad-based community support.

Barry is recognized by his peers as one of the foremost national experts on the design and implementation of mixed-income housing. As a community volunteer, he’s donated countless hours to several local commissions and youth organizations. He is also a coauthor of The Urban Design Handbook and The Architectural Pattern Book. Barry earned Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from Montana State University.