Community Design and Resiliency technical assistance available

Planning for community resiliency, ranging from adapting to climate to a wide range of other resiliency issues, is increasingly critical for most municipalities.  The address this need, the New England Municipal Sustainability Network (NEMSN) and American Institute for Architects’s Center for Communities by Design have collaborated to create the Design and Resiliency Teams (DART) program for 2014.

A DART program can assist a local governments to address resiliency issues through an intense charrette with a multi-discipline team of outside experts. Teams will be custom selected to meet the needs of each selected community, with roughly half the team drawn from around New England and half from all over the country.  This program is based on AIA’s highly successful Sustainable Design Assessment Team and Regional/Urban Design Assessment Team programs that have been highly successful in hundreds of communities all over the US. (The City of Albany was an SDAT community and the final report from the program can be found here.)

Applications for DART are open to any local government or local government partner anywhere in New England and in the New York Capital Region (which collectively make up the NEMSN region). There is no direct cost to local governments or their partners, but communities must show that they are ready to address resiliency issues and that the time is right for an intense charrette effort.

Applications will be considered starting on May 27th and will be accepted until two projects are selected for 2014.  

For questions about the program contact Wayne Feiden at wfeiden@northamptonma.gov

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