Measure the Adaptability of Your Neighborhood

John Pattison
John Pattison
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The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated a host of structural inequalities in cities across the United States, with differing experiences based on racial, gender, and employment factors.

In light of this reality, YARD & Company began work last summer, in partnership with the University of Notre Dame Kellogg Institute for International Studies, on developing an Adaptive Place Toolkit (APT) that measures the adaptive capacity of neighborhoods, based on how their built environment is shaped and managed.

The APT helps communities come out of crisis stronger than they went in by helping them audit their ability to adapt to prolonged disruption; mobilize tangible, concrete, and visible actions during the crisis; and to advance planning, design, and operational investments that make places much more capable to equitably adapt to future disruptions.

Read more about the Adaptable Place Toolkit here.


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