In order to achieve long-term resilience for the EcoBlock – fostering the ability to absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to and thrive in the face of ongoing changes and adverse events – several strategies take priority:
- Passive design first – especially in the design of infrastructure and building envelope.
- Design for the ability to maintain short-term livable conditions off grid and/or using islandable, renewable energy to cover minimum requirements.
- Provide for minimum reliance on potable water and maximum reuse of all water sources.
- Design that takes into account location-specific risks: natural and man-made disasters and climate change through the end of the century.
- Optimize for flexibility and adaptability over time.
- Work closely with city and neighborhood leaders to develop mutually supportive relationships.
- Most importantly, promote community interaction on a daily basis. Provide a place of community refuge that could serve those beyond the EcoBlock in cases of disturbance and will provide minimum needs for shelter, food, water, power and communications.