Lessons in Resilience: A logging community's new school chooses sustainability for self-reliance.

Lessons in Resilience: A logging community's new school chooses sustainability for self-reliance.

The small logging community of Vernonia, Oregon, was virtually destroyed by a 500-year flood in 1996, and again in 2007. Boora Architects principal Christopher Linn says residents “basically had to decide whether to continue to have a town.” They decided to stay, and they chose Portland, Oregon–based Boora to design a K–12 school for 700 students that would form the centerpiece of that redevelopment. Slide Show Photo © Lincoln Barbour ----- Advertising ----- While speedy disaster recovery meant that homes were replaced without much time to incorporate sustainability, “When it came to major infrastructure projects, sustainability definitely was the standard bearer for the public realm,” Linn notes. Yet Vernonia embraced it more for pragmatic reasons than political ones. Even without major flooding, the relatively isolated town is subject to power outages, so minimizing the ...

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