ISTUDIO x DesignDC 2019 / by Rick Schneider

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Principal Rick Schneider presents recent case studies in civic architecture that emulate powerful forces of nature to build community resilience.

Washington, DC is leading the way as a member of the 100 Resilient Cities Network. The DC Department of General Services (DGS) is working with agencies like the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to build the civic infrastructure of the future. New DPR projects fulfill the agency’s mission to promote wellness, conserve the environment and provide universal access. Members of the 100 Resilient Cities Network, along with DC’s Chief Resilience Officer and the Director of DGS, will talk about citywide efforts to plan for and build resilient facilities. The panel discusses the part sustainable facilities play in equitable design, community resilience, and green infrastructure. Case studies include Marvin Gaye Recreation Center, the first center with integrated natural ventilation. The center was designed on biophilic principles as a resilient hub to withstand floods and power outages.

AIA, LEED Credits


“This Building Breathes: Tales of a Resilient City”


Keith A. Anderson, Director - DC Department of General Services

Susan Piedmont-Palladino, Director - VA Tech WAAC

Kevin Bush, DC Chief Resilience Officer

Rick Schneider, AIA, LEED - Principal, ISTUDIO Architects

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