April 2014 represented the largest tornado outbreak in U.S. history, with a record-breaking 190 of them touching down within a 24-hour period on April 27, according to Weather Underground. Further, natural disasters were reported to have caused $192 billion in damage worldwide — as well as a tremendous loss of human life — in 2013.
Disasters are unavoidable. But to what extent can the built environment mitigate the risks and help create safer, disaster-resistant places? Places like Miami’s Pérez Art Museum, by Herzog & deMeuron (shown above), which features materials specifically designed for a building by the ocean and at risk of confronting a hurricane.
This is the type of question that a new exhibit, Designing for Disaster — now on display at the National Building Museum — seeks to answer.
On display through August 2, 2015, the exhibition explores new solutions for a range of natural disasters through unique objects, captivating graphics, and engaging multimedia, as illustrated in the video below. To learn more about the exhibit and the topic, read the Designing for Disaster blog at MitigationNation.
Image: Miami’s Pérez Art Museum, by Herzog & deMeuron, courtesy LaFarge.