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ASLA Announces Commitment to Industry Statement on Resilience
2014-05-13

Today, for the first time, leaders of America's design and construction industry, along with building owners and operators, have agreed to promote resilience in contemporary planning, building materials, design, construction, and operational techniques to help make the nation's aging infrastructure more safe and secure.

CEOs of almost two-dozen leading design and construction industry associations, with more than 700,000 members generating almost $1 trillion in GDP, used the occasion of "Building Safety Month" to issue a joint statement on resilience, which can be found here. The statement was unveiled at a press conference at the National Building Museum, where a new major exhibition titled Designing for Disaster presents design and building solutions for disaster mitigation.

"We recognize that natural and manmade hazards pose an increasing threat to the safety of the public and the vitality of our nation," reads the statement, in part. "We further recognize that contemporary planning, building materials, design, construction and operational techniques can make our communities more resilient to these threats."

The CEOs committed their design and construction sector organizations to significantly improve the resilience of the nation's entire built environment through research into new materials, construction procedures, and other methods to improve the standard of practice. Among other things, they also committed the industry to educating itself through continuous learning; to advocating for effective land use policies; to responding to disasters alongside first responders; and to planning for future events, with a strategy for fast recovery.

"By reaching out across the design and construction industry spectrum, the alliance could play a significant role in addressing major national imperatives as we design, plan, and build the future," says ASLA Executive Vice President and CEO Nancy C. Somerville, Hon. ASLA, Hon. AIA. "Resilience is at the heart of what landscape architects do. I applaud our partners and look forward to working with them for the common good."

In addition to the ASLA, here is a list of organizations signing onto the joint statement on resilience:

American Council of Engineering Companies  
American Institute of Architects 
American Planning Association 
American Society of Civil Engineers 
American Society of Interior Designers 
American Society of Landscape Architects 
American Society of Plumbing Engineers 
ASHRAE 
Associated Builders and Contractors 
Associated General Contractors of America  
Building Owners and Managers Association 
International Code Council 
International Interior Design Association 
Lean Construction Institute 
National Association of Home Builders 
National Institute of Building Sciences International Facility Management Association 
National Society of Professional Engineers 
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors  
Urban Land Institute 
U.S. Green Building Council 

About the American Society of Landscape Architects

Founded in 1899, ASLA is the national professional association for landscape architects, representing more than 15,000 members in 49 professional chapters and 72 student chapters. Members of the Society use "ASLA" after their names to denote membership and their commitment to the highest ethical standards of the profession. Landscape architects lead the stewardship, planning, and design of our built and natural environments; the Society's mission is to advance landscape architecture through advocacy, communication, education, and fellowship.



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