DESIGNING RESILIENCE IN ASIA (DRIA) INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROGRAMME
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.
ANTICIPATING, PREVENTINGAND PREPARING
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.
SHARING KNOWLEDGE AND PRACTICES – INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM AND COMPETITION
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.
The Hilti Foundation is a philanthropic organization based in Liechtenstein, Europe. As a joint venture of the Hilti Family and the Hilti corporation, it is our aim to contribute to the development of society. We thereby set priority on countries of the global south. What unites our activities across all program areas is the objective to empower people to lead an independent and self-determined life.
With our focus area “Affordable Housing & Technology”, we promote pioneering housing solutions that help families in need improve their housing situation and start into a better, self-determined life. To achieve its goals, the foundation engages in long-term relationships with trusted partners, testing and driving ambitious projects and innovative models for sustainable impact at a large scale. A priority is the development and distribution of innovative products and technologies for safe and affordable homes.
Besides "Affordable Housing & Technology", focus areas include “Music for Social Change” and “Economic Empowerment”.