The Designing Resilience in Asia (DRIA) is an International Research Programme on urban and architecture resilience launched in 2014. The DRIA is a flagship initiative of the School of Design and Environment of the National University of Singapore that aims to promote and foster a substantive research and discussion about innovative ideas and propositions towards the resiliency of Asian cities responding to the environmental effects caused by climate change.
The DRIA International Research Programme integrates research, education and capacity building efforts, and translates research into practice through specific urban and architectural design solutions and innovative building technologies.
In the DRIA International Research Programme, we view ‘RESILIENCE’ as a model for ANTICIPATING, PREVENTING and PREPARING for the effects of climate change. It is not only timely but critical under the exigencies of the environmental effects caused by global climate change that we are experiencing before us, such as sea level rise, flooding, typhoons, coastal erosion, storm surges, subsidence or droughts.
As part of our commitment, we assume an active responsibility to return the original environmental qualities to the urban milieu. With this objective, we design practical actions to ADAPT to the impacts of climate change, protecting communities and reducing vulnerability, while MITIGATING the causes of global warming and climate change through specific solutions that actively contribute to the environmental recovery.
The DRIA is formed by an interdisciplinary organisation made up of researchers, designers, architects and planners with a global network of partners from 10 prominent universities from Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. The DRIA engages and attracts the best minds from across the world to promote innovation, to analyse, and collaborate on creative solutions to help improve recovery efforts for global natural disasters.
Since 2015, the DRIA organizes an International Symposium and Design Competition in Singapore annually. The event is a unique platform that gathers the best and most knowledgeable international experts on resilience to lend their expertise and encourage the exchange of innovative and practical ideas for future recovery efforts. In addition, professors and students from all over the world are invited to contribute to the debate on how to create strategies to prevent, prepare and respond to such events through diverse approaches such as design, planning, technology, management, policies or community involvement.