Cities at the Front Line of Floods, Storms, and Droughts Redesigning for the Impacts of Climate Change

Community Event

Hosting Organization: 

Harvard University Graduate School of Design Executive Education

Event Date: 

Monday, January 24, 2022 to Friday, January 28, 2022








Is your city at risk? On coasts, riverfront or in ever dryer regions? Do floods and extreme events like storms and droughts pose a threat to your community, your economy, the built environment, and your livelihood? If yes, this program is for you. In a world of droughts, hurricanes, floods and sea level rise, cities are at extreme risk. 

Henk Ovink, foremost global expert on climate resiliency, Ambassador of Water for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and a leader of the multi-billion-dollar efforts to rebuild the US East Coast after Hurricane Sandy, will analyze the specific dangers and opportunities and teach the path to city resiliency: how the connections between disparate city-wide systems—e.g. transit, sewage, sea walls, foundations, parks, waterbodies, community amenities, putting the city at risk at all scales and across all sectors and interests—can be used to change course and reverse this urban climate downfall.

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