According to the Resilient Design Institute, resilience is the capacity to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain or regain functionality and vitality in the face of stress or disturbance. It is the capacity to bounce back after a disturbance or interruption.

As time moves on and the potential risks posed by climate change become part of our new reality, resilience must be at the forefront of each design discussion. Unfortunately, words like "sustainability" and "climate change" are becoming more taboo in large portions of our population, thanks to the divisive and uninformed rhetoric in the US today.

At "The Willow Bent" we believe it is time to create a new dialog about these key issues, which affect each and every person around the world. We believe integrated design is the key to successful, resilient design. In order to promote resiliency in our society and culture, we must educate the people it stands to benefit most, everyone. The Willow Bent: How Resilient Design Thinking Will Save Us All is a podcast that provides a relevant platform from which to share the story of resilient design with a potentially limitless population.

The Willow Bent is funded by DLR Group's Professional Development Grant. 


Kirsten Petro Burk is a mechanical engineer at DLR Group where she focuses on integrated and resilient design. She grew up in the Great Lakes State where she developed a passion for the water at an early age. After graduating from Wayne State University in Detroit, she moved to the nation's capital where she has since stayed working in the architectural engineering industry. In her spare time Kirsten enjoys sailing, scuba diving, traveling to new places, and meeting fascinating new people.