MIT News: Discerning the Texture of Urban Resilience

Hurricane over the ocean
April 1, 2020

Researchers at the Hub are studying the connection between urban layouts and hazard losses. They've found that the arrangements, or textures, of streets and buildings have a strong effect on the winds of a hurricane. In certain areas of a city, for instance, they have found that texture can effectively magnify a hurricane from a Category 3 to a Category 4.

In this MIT News piece, they discuss how their research will make communities more resilient by allowing them to better predict wind loads and disaster losses.