How Designers Are Trying to Solve for Wildfire Resiliency

Cover Image: A ranch is threatened by the Maria Fire as it explodes to 8,000 acres on its first night on November 1, 2019 near Somis, California. Photo: David McNew / Getty Images

by Meaghan O’Neill


In California and other places in the West, extreme fires, more intense and frequent than ever before, are becoming the new norm. Fifteen of the state’s largest fires have occurred since 2000. Not only are the flames being fanned by anthropogenic climate change, they’re contributing heavily to it. In one week, extreme fires can release as much carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as all of California’s traffic does in a year.

Meaghan packs a lot of great content into a succinct piece and further along in the article includes some of our conversation on the topic.

“… Municipal planning that inhibits sprawl in ‘near-nature’ areas where wildlife and civilization intersect is also crucial, says Anthony Brower, director of sustainable design and senior design associate in Gensler’s Los Angeles office.”

“… The goal should be to encourage intelligent expansion, says Brower, and reduce intrusion into wind-prone natural areas. ‘Wildfires are a warning sign,’ points out the architect. ‘We have an opportunity here to reconsider our culture’s relationship with how we live in this landscape’.”


Read the full story here on Architectural Digest
How Designers Are Trying to Solve for Wildfire Resiliency

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