The West Coast is currently undergoing one of its most severe wildfire seasons in recorded history, threatening to uproot the lives and livelihoods of millions. With climate models predicting increasingly severe weather extremes in the years to come, architects and planners will be forced to embrace new strategies to both protect residents and mitigate wildfires. This panel, including SWA Group's Sean O'Malley and Oregon State University's Erica Fleishman, will explore both.
• Understand the current planning and design approaches that exacerbate wildfire conditions.
• Discuss best practice strategies to protect both residents and property from wildfire.
• Learn of ongoing trends and their impact on settlement patterns on the West Coast and nationally.
• Analyze landscaping measures that can mitigate the spread of wildfires.