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11. Beyond Codes: Enhancing Infrastructure Resilience Through Creative Design

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Abstract

An unprecedented surge in urban population has led to the creation of megacities characterized by heavy traffic, pollution, uncontrolled growth, changes in land use, leading to accelerated environmental degradation. The vulnerability of the urban infrastructure is exacerbated by the hazards of climate change. Increasingly, code-specified worst case scenarios appear obsolete. Evidence of this is found in escalating global incidences of severe storms, record high temperatures, raging forest fires and floods alternating with drought exposing critical infrastructure to large scale damage. With our current inability to predict the impact of climate change, there is an urgent need to explore affordable alternatives to overcome this shortcoming. This paper profiles creative design ideas developed in US and elsewhere to counter intense environmental loads on existing infrastructure. They provide an alternative approach that relies on engineering insight, effective policies, smart technologies and new materials rather than mere code compliance. The goal is to restore functionality of disaster prone critical infrastructure with minimal disruption to the populace. Awareness and application of the varied approaches used can assist licensed design professionals and policy makers to make better informed decisions for building stronger resilient communities.

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Metadata
Title
Beyond Codes: Enhancing Infrastructure Resilience Through Creative Design
Author
Rajan Sen
Copyright Year
2023
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-47428-6_11