The objective of the project was to develop comprehensive design solutions addressing the challenges encountered by urban residents in the face of unexpected power failures. Given the wide-ranging and increasing exposure of all people to the effects of climate change (e.g. drought, flooding, heat waves, fires) and the decreasing capacity of existing systems (e.g. aging infrastructures, vulnerable utility supply, etc.) to cope with these acute disruptions to daily lives, a single unique setting for investigation has been identified.
Secondary and primary research were conducted on the factors affecting an individual’s ability to cope with the disruptions described in their chosen settings, and the resources (e.g. municipal, state, federal, privately owned) available to assist that individual.