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Through researching cities and communities in the context of their natural ecosystems, CBR aims to achieve a better understanding of resilience, recovery, and sustainability. Working with community groups, government agencies, and numerous academic partners, we have created an environmental laboratory to study and foster climate-neutral rebuilding and sustainable urban planning. Our projects in this area provide focus and resources for the interaction of the natural and biophysical sciences, engineering, the social sciences, and architecture for the sake of social well-being, ecological sustainability, and governance.



Our current major endeavor in this focus area is the interdisciplinary five-year research project, funded by the National Science Foundation’s Coupled Natural Human Systems (CNH) Program Diversity and Disease in a Post-Trauma Urban Landscape, which began in 2013.


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