Design Resiliency Technical Assistance

Design & Resiliency Team (DART)

2017 Application

Deadline: March 6, 2017

Purpose:  Pro bono technical assistance to help communities develop a strategic vision and promote community resiliency, usually by focusing on a specific issue and/or geographic area.
EligibilityAny local government (city, town, special status, county) in the United States or Canada.
What it isFive-person multidisciplinary teams of public and private sector experts from fields relevant to the community's need (e.g., sustainability, climate change, planning, architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, economic development, finance, the arts).
WhoEach multi-disciplinary team is custom-built to serve local needs and opportunities.
Process:  Day one community tours, stakeholder focus groups, an evening public workshop, followed by an intense two-day team charrette, a final evening community presentation on the team’s findings and recommendations, and a final report.
RequirementsCommunities must demonstrate the capacity and commitment to convene diverse community, staff, political leaders, and stakeholders for an intensive, collaborative resiliency planning process. Communities must provide appropriate venues for two evening public workshops, concurrent stakeholder meetings and DART working space with access to a copier, internet access and, ideally, a printer and a scanner.
CostThere is no direct cost to communities to participate. DART funding covers ALL the team time, travel, and out-of-pocket expenses for four DARTs in 2017. DARTs do NOT provide any funding to communities or cover community outreach, venue, and staff time.
Timeline: Applications are due Monday March 6, 2017. Projects selected March 20, 2017. Preliminary site visit with project team leader April-August 2017. Full team DART September -December, 2017.
Questions: Contact Wayne Feiden, FAICP,
Sponsored by:
  • American Institute for Architects Center for Communities by Design
  • New England Municipal Sustainability Network (NEMSN)
  • Urban Directors Sustainability Network (USDN)
Assistance From:
  • Boston Society of Architects Foundation
  • The cities of Northampton MA, Dubuque IA, Providence RI, and Seattle WA

For more information:  FLYER (PDF)


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