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In 2018 a group of new faculty with diverse disciplinary expertise came together to establish the Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience. FIBER is committed to the design, planning, construction and management of resilient built environments, with a strong interest in the wellbeing of individuals and communities that inhabit them. FIBER is positioned to respond to the complex threats – ecological, economic and social – that Florida and many regions around the world experience. The Institute is home to scholarship spanning built environment domains and beyond, generating new knowledge and responding to these complex challenges through evidence-based research practice. FIBER brings together faculty, research centers and students at the University of Florida around the theme of resilience. FIBER collaborates externally with researchers, institutions, communities, policy makers, and practitioners around the world.
Core FIBER faculty are individually affiliated with various disciplines within the College of Design, Construction and Planning (DCP), a college uniquely equipped to develop resilience-based processes in a world facing complex threats. DCP houses all critical disciplines that have an impact on the planning, design, construction, and sustainability of built and natural environments. More broadly, resilience expertise at the University of Florida spans ecological, economic, organizational, psychological, educational, sociological and engineering approaches. FIBER is a meeting point to synergize this knowledge, at the intersection of research, practice and lived experience. FIBER brings the UF community together around shared values and visions of resilience towards the common good.