EERI Washington Presents: EERI 2020 Distinguished Lecture, featuring David Bonowitz – September 16, 2020, Noon-1pm

September 16, 2020
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EERI Washington is pleased to welcome David Bonowitz for a presentation of the 2020 Distinguished Lecture. RSVP for this virtual event by emailing

David Bonowitz (M.EERI,1994), a leading structural engineer practicing in San Francisco, will deliver the 2020 Distinguished Lecture, “Functional Recovery: What it Means to Design for Community Resilience,” in this webinar. David’s lecture will focus on the emerging concept of functional recovery as a basis for earthquake-resistant design. Designing buildings and infrastructure for limited downtime – or an acceptably quick functional recovery – is not new, but it is receiving new attention through state and federal legislation, and showing new feasibility through research and technology. Most intriguing is the recognition that designing for functional recovery is a necessary tool for achieving community-wide earthquake resilience. And if progress is to be measured at the community level, functional recovery will also be a matter of public policy. The lecture will look at the roles EERI members can play in shaping this thinking into design practice with four sets of questions: definitional, technical, policy, and implementation.