Christine Barber, Tim Pittman, Rives Taylor, Laura Latham, Stella Donovan, Georgia Wilson
The 2022 U.S. Climate Action Survey compiles responses from 1,800+ U.S. adults to understand the ways in which individuals in the United States have been and expect to be affected by climate change, natural disasters, and severe weather events; as well as what actions they are taking or are willing to take in order to make our cities and communities more prepared for future climate events. The resulting report blends photography, data visualizations, text callouts and infographics to illustrate the design resilience strategies that can minimize the human and environmental impact of the built environment at every scale—from the streets and neighborhoods where we walk to the tall buildings of our skylines.
A key design challenge in the report was selecting images and crafting visualizations that emphasized the immediacy of climate change while also highlighting the resilient measures that cities, communities, and individuals are already taking to reduce their environmental impact. To solve this challenge, we prioritized selecting images that communicated the full scope and breadth of climate experiences in the United States.
The results of the Climate Action survey led to the creation of a Climate Preparedness Framework that helps communities approach design resilience from a holistic perspective.