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COTE: The Oregon Resilience Plan

February 6, 2017

Thursday, March 30
12-1PM | AIA Portland
1 HSW | $5-35


This presentation will look at the origins of the new field of resilience as it developed from two primary sources, earthquake disaster preparedness and adaptation from the effects of climate change. In Oregon, the development of resilience came out of efforts to prepare Oregon from a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake and led to the development of the Oregon Resilience Plan. At the same time, after the example of Hurricane Sandy, sustainability organizations have begun to address resilience to prepare for the effects of climate change. Creating resilient buildings, structures, organizations, and communities will require changes of in planning, design and professional practice. The presentation will examine these changes from both the perspective of architects and design professionals, to that of clients, agencies, and organizations.

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe the risks in Oregon of a Cascadia subduction zone earthquake and tsunami and be able to explain to clients the nature of these risks.
  • Describe the Oregon Resilience Plan generalize the concepts of resilience in regards to Impact Zones, Infrastructure Groups, and Key Findings.
  • Compare the resilience efforts from the Oregon Resilience Plan to resilience efforts that come from adaptation from the effects of climate change.
  • Explore the impacts that resilience will have on design and architectural practice to help integrate resilience into their practice of architecture.

Speaker Bio:

Jay Raskin developed an expertise in residential design, mixed use commercial projects, and historic preservation. He works closely with clients and craftsman to design homes that not only create a sense of delight, but are also connected to their environment. His historic preservation projects have helped update older buildings while at the same time preserving their historic character.

As well as developing his architectural work, Jay has been a leader in resilience planning and design. His expertise developed out of his work in preparing the coast and Oregon for a large Cascadia earthquake and tsunami. This civic engagement included serving on committees and being elected to serve on the City Council in Cannon Beach, where he championed emergency preparedness and pre-disaster mitigation efforts. This engagement shifted to state-wide concerns, where Jay helped create the Oregon Resilience Plan. Appointed by the Governor to the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission, he now serves as Vice-chair. He is also the chair of the National Institute of Standards and Technologies’ Community Resilience Panel, a multi-hazard approach to make communities resilient. His interest in seismic issues and historic preservation resulted in chairing Restore Oregon’s Roundtable workgroup that produced the Special Report: Resilient Masonry Buildings: Saving Lives, Livelihoods, and the Livability of Oregon’s Historic Downtowns.

From this diverse experience, Jay has a unique understanding of how communities, institutions, businesses and homeowners can become resilient in responding to natural hazards, not just for the initial emergency, but also how to recover quickly.