10 A.M. – 1 P.M. EST

From climate change to political turmoil, the world is facing unparalleled challenges, and a resilient community anticipates, adapts to, and recovers from adversity. The Design for Resilient Communities Symposium, to be held at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto, will bring together designers, practitioners, scholars, educators, and activists to discuss how design can contribute to building strong and adaptable communities by encouraging innovative solutions and facilitating the development of knowledge and skills necessary for endurance and recovery.

This Symposium also launches a “Call for Engagement” with the 2023 Union of International Architects World Congress, which has adopted the theme of Leave No One Behind and aims to “promote, discuss, create and showcase architecture as a vital tool to help achieve the UN 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.” The 17 UN SDGs adopted by 193 countries offer an inclusive roadmap to a more sustainable future.

A key issue for the Design for Resilient Communities thematic panels for UIA23 is: How can the global initiative of the SDGs be localized in communities around the world? Organized as three dialogues with short presentations plus Q and A sessions, the Symposium will host an array of international and local contributors who will share their knowledge about design, research and practices that contribute positively to building resilient communities — with and for people. Design for resilient communities requires interdisciplinary approaches to articulate these cross-sectoral issues, as well as informed co-design partnerships to achieve community-driven solutions.

The Symposium took place on Friday, April 8th, 2022 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. EST

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