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Beyond Resiliency: Braving the Next Storm

Beyond Resiliency: Braving the Next Storm
In recent years, and more acutely in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the word "resiliency" has become firmly embedded in the language we use to discuss our response to natural disasters, whether it relates to housing, infrastructure, or economic recovery. The word only scratches the surface, however. In an interview this year with Architectural Record, our sister publication, Eric Cesal, the new executive director of Architecture for Humanity, argues that the term doesn't adequately convey the larger mission. He asks how we can seek solutions to better fortify cities "in a way that allows them to grow and strengthen from the unknown rather than trying to wall ourselves off from increasingly unpredictable natural phenomena."

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Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors
We've all passed them on the highway: towering oil refineries, their smokestacks billowing gray smoke, looking both majestic and ominous against the sky. With his recent series Land Scape, artist and commercial photographer David LaChapelle departs from his trademark portraits of celebrities and models to focus on our national dependence on oil, featuring representations of these mammoth structures in his signature glossy, color-saturated style. "The refineries are these things—these symbols of our use of fossil fuels—that have allowed the population and the planet to grow, but to a point where we are not really sustainable," says LaChapelle.

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