Chicago’s history as an international example of urban design, showcased in this year’s Architecture Biennial, began in earnest on October 10, 1871, the day that the Great Chicago Fire ended. The conflagration was an undisputed tragedy, claiming hundreds of lives and devastating the city’s infrastructure, but it paved the way for an intentional and ambitious rebuilding effort, a shining example of building greater resilience.
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Outfitted for the Forefront
I never feel totally prepared. I’ve secured the fancy rain shell, down jacket and hiking shoes, and now sit contemplating how to fit all the gear in the suitcase, while simultaneously questioning whether I’m omitting something important. The older I get, the more packing induces anxiety. Perhaps I’m more aware of what can go wrong?
This hurricane season, warmer seas and weaker wind shear have exacerbated activity in the Atlantic, and, as a result, put a fine point on our collective visualization of vulnerability. But what makes us vulnerable? Why some more than others? What does vulnerability even mean?Read More
The sole bright spot in all of the harrowing devastation seen from Oaxaca to Texas to the Caribbean is the shining demonstration of neighborliness. Stories of neighbors checking in on one another, looking out for the elderly woman down the hall, or the young family down the street. In resilience planning, this is evidence of social cohesion and considered a vital component to preparing for climate change impacts, among other threats. But what does social cohesion even mean?Read More
At the first Geneva Convention, adopted on August 22, 1864, the International Committee of the Red Cross was designated as a neutral provider of humanitarian aid during wartime. Today, the organization best known for disaster relief is on the forefront of preparedness and resilience-building efforts, and has informed and supported Foresight’s work in this emerging field.
The more I explore the concept of leadership, the more nuanced it becomes. I hope to dive into its many facets and elements over time in this weekly blog. For today, let’s celebrate what 14 current high school students came up with when asked: What does leadership even mean?Read More