The world faces unpredictable challenges at increasing intensities–natural disasters, ecological uncertainty, public health crises, extreme social inequity, rising violence–and yet counters and absorbs risk through acts of resilience.

Risk & Resilience, a concentration area within the Master in Design Studies, sets out to support novel approaches to socio-spatial planning through design. Design as a discipline provides cities, communities, and individuals with tools to effectively prepare for, cope with, and anticipate rapid change within the spatial, social and economic vulnerabilities it produces. The program prepares students to identify, articulate and propose preemptive forms of practice. While the program is grounded in the physical and tectonic realities of location, it is the social and political conflicts that emerge as sites of investigation.


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