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Building for Tomorrow: Why Resilient Construction Matters

WLLW explores how we can safeguard our homes against climate extremes.

Construction technology company ICON and architecture studio Lake Flato designed a 3D-printed home in Austin, Texas. ICON’s proprietary material, Lavacrete is designed to withstand extreme weather. Photography by Casey Dunn
Casa Flores designed by Fuster + Architects on the southeastern coast of Puerto Rico has been built to endure tropical storms with hurricane shutters being incorporated into the design. Photo courtesy of Jaime Navarro

"Research shows that the proportion of people across the globe living in flood-prone areas has risen by 20 percent since 2000."

Mighty Buildings designed a 3D printed, net-zero home in Desert Hot Springs, California. This technology increases the home’s resilience to hurricane winds, flooding, fire, mold and extreme temperatures. Photography courtesy of Might Buildings by HANA Agency
Australian studio Nielsen Jenkins designed Mt Coot-Tha House in a suburb of Brisbane with high blockwork walls to protect it from bushfires. Photography courtesy of Tom Ross
Landscape architects Shma Company chose more than 20 different plant species on the urban plot of Forest House in Bangkok including different variety of trees, vegetables and herbs. Photo courtesy of Prapan Napawongdee
Shinminka House, on Japan’s island of Okinawa designed by ISSHO Architects. Designed to withstand devastating typhoon winds while still allowing for cross-ventilation. Photo courtesy of Koichi Torimura
Shinminka House. Photo courtesy of Koichi Torimura
Shinminka House. Photo courtesy of Koichi Torimura