Issue 479 February 2009

Defining Resilience

What San Francisco needs from its seismic mitigation policies

How do we decide when a structure is "safe enough”? Engineering standards define how many deaths, how many building demolitions and how long a recovery time we will have. Currently, the City of San Francisco has no adopted performance objectives for these factors. SPUR provides a new framework for improving San Francisco's seismic mitigation policies.

The Dilemma of Existing Buildings

Private property, public risk

We all know the big one is coming. But are we ready? It's a question we must confront now, with boldness and with honesty: what will it take to make San Francisco a resilient city?

Building It Right the First Time

Improving the seismic performance of new buildings

We all know the big one is coming. But are we ready? It's a question we must confront now, with boldness and with honesty: what will it take to make San Francisco a resilient city?

Lifelines

Upgrading infrastructures to enhance San Francisco's earthquake resilience

We all know the big one is coming. But are we ready? It's a question we must confront now, with boldness and with honesty: what will it take to make San Francisco a resilient city?