To build or not to build?
If you build, how?

Through applied research, field testing and community outreach, NJIT’s Center for Resilient Design can help residents, businesses, professionals and officials rebuild smarter than the storm.


Under the direction of Dr. Michel Boufadel PE, PHydro, the Center explores the challenges, constraints and opportunities related to hard and soft infrastructure, and how to anticipate, plan for, recover from and rebuild after natural and man-made disasters.

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Through studios and other classroom experiences, Keith Krumwiede leads faculty and students to consider the implications of laws, regulations, investments and other governmental decisions related to natural and man-made disasters. Rules and regulations are tested and recommendations are provided to enable users to be more resilient.

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Working in communities throughout New Jersey and the metropolitan area, Center Director Tom Dallessio and colleagues at NJIT engage mayors and other local, county, regional, state and federal officials, as well as national and international experts through roundtables, lectures, an interactive website and community service programs.

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United Nations “World Habitat Day” Conference

The Center for Resilient Design at NJIT co-sponsored “Resilient Design for Sustainable Urbanization” at the United Nations last week in celebration of World Habitat Day 2013. Watch videos »