Topic Summary: City Texture and Urban Resilience

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March 12, 2020

To protect buildings and their occupants from hazards like hurricanes, governments implement building codes—or minimum construction standards. Current building codes, however, don’t adequately protect many buildings from hurricanes because they disregard how the layouts of structures can magnify wind loads.

This topic summary presents CSHub research into hazard damage and urban layout—also known as city texture—and proposes a new model for stakeholders to better estimate wind loads and make communities more hazard resilient. Read more.