Dr. Ila Berman provides an overview of some of the critical ideas foregrounded in the conference and a potential set of directives through which to frame ongoing and future initiatives. The Drylands Design Conference: Retrofitting the West: Adaptation by Design, a presentation by the Arid Lands Institute of Woodbury University in partnership with the California Architectural Foundation and UCLA’s Institute of the Environment, brought together a high profile, interdisciplinary group of designers, scientists and policy makers to investigate and creatively respond to the ever-increasing environmental challenges facing the cities and regional landscapes of the arid and semi-arid west. The conference, which focused on design strategies to maximize local water and energy resources while anticipating the impacts of climate change, asked us to reconceptualize these challenges in terms of the design and leadership opportunities they might present moving forward. Dr. Berman is the Director of Architecture at California College of Arts.
CRISIS, CHANGE AND THE RESTRUCTURING OF VALUES
CULTURAL ADAPTATION AND RESILIENCE
MITIGATION, REGENERATION AND RECYCLING
POLITICAL RETOOLING AND CROSS-DISCIPLINARY COLLABORATION
THE VALUE AND IMPORTANCE OF DESIGN