Passive Survivability/Resilient Design: Adapting to Our New Vulnerabilities by Alex Wilson

Hosted by the American Institute of Architects – St. Louis. USGBC-Missouri Gateway Members are invited to attend at the member rate.

In 2011, St. Louis and Missouri area saw flooding, tornadoes, and near record snowfall followed by drought-like conditions.  Often the aftermath of these weather events cause more damage than the event itself.  The question arises, how can we design for both extreme weather events and the aftermath?  Is sustainable design really about designing for these conditions?  Come hear Alex Wilson, the editor of Environmental Building News, discuss the topic of Passive Survivability/Resilient Design.  Alex recently spent 8 months bicycling across the US studying how the weather affects our built environment and is in the process of updating his 2005 book on the subject, Passive Survivability.


  • What is Passive Survivability/Resilient Design?
  • How is Passive Survivability/Resilient Design related to sustainable design?
  • How can architects design in a world where extreme weather conditions become the new normal?

Alex WilsonSPEAKERAlex Wilson, Founder of Building Green, Inc. and Executive Editor of Environmental Building News

For more than 30 years, Alex Wilson has been a trusted voice on energy efficiency and environmentally responsible design and construction. He founded BuildingGreen in 1985 and launched Environmental Building News (EBN) in 1992 as the first North American publication focused on green building. He built the reputation, resources, and staff that today makes BuildingGreen, the leading information company on green building, publishing not only EBN, but also the GreenSpec Directory,, and LEEDuser, as well as providing consulting for a variety of companies for whom sustainable design is a core value.


WHEN: Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

WHERE: Masonry Institute of St. Louis
1429 S. Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63117 map

FEE: $20 for AIA and USGBC-Missouri Gateway Chapter Members
$40 for Non-Members



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