Video: City Texture

March 19, 2020

Hurricanes are the most damaging of natural disasters: since 1980, they have inflicted nearly $1 trillion in damages in the U.S. By 2075, though, their average annual damage cost will likely rise by nearly 40% due to climate change and coastal development. Meeting this challenge demands greater resilience. America, however, isn’t constructing nearly enough resilient buildings.

One of the reasons why is that current building codes—which are the standards to which structures are built—don’t adequately consider how the layout of a city can magnify the wind of a hurricane.

In this video, CSHub researchers discuss how the layouts of cities—also known as city texture—can increase a building’s hazard risk and what can be done to make communities more hazard resilient.