Functional Recovery: What it Means to Design for Community Resilience, EERI Distinguished Lecture

David Bonowitz

Date & Time
Online-only seminar via Microsoft Teams
Keith Knudsen

This year's Distinguished Lecture will present the emerging concept of Functional Recovery as a basis for
earthquake-resistant design. Designing buildings and infrastructure for limited downtime – or an
acceptably quick functional recovery – is not new, but it is receiving new attention through state and
federal legislation, and showing new feasibility through research and technology. Most intriguing is the
recognition that designing for functional recovery is a necessary tool for achieving community-wide
earthquake resilience. And if progress is to be measured at the community level, functional recovery will
also be a matter of public policy. The lecture will look at the roles EERI members can play in shaping this
thinking into design practice with four sets of questions: definitional, technical, policy, and

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