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      INCORPORATING A DISASTER-RESILIENT AND SUSTAINABLE INFRASTRUCTURE DESIGN CONCEPT, SAFE-TO-FAIL, INTO CURRICULA

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          With the increasing demands for resilient developments, Architecture/Engineering/ Construction (AEC) education shall be at the forefront of preparing future workforces with advanced knowledge about sustainable and resilient designs. Safe-to-Fail is a resilient urban design concept that anticipates failures during infrastructure systems planning, thus reducing the impact of natural disasters. This study aims to: (1) identify the factors influencing AEC students’ perceptions towards learning Safe-to-Fail; and (2) investigate students’ pedagogical preferences to incorporate Safe-to-Fail concepts in AEC curricula. To achieve this, the study implemented an intervention module including a comprehensive Safe-to-Fail lecture followed by an interactive discussion session and a survey to capture students’ experiences, expectations, and perceptions. The findings indicated that AEC students preferred to learn the Safe-to-Fail concept as a portion of an elective course and that the choice of learning such emerging concepts is significantly correlated to the student’s age, duration spent in the program, and prior knowledge of Safe-to-Fail. This study advocates incorporating Safe-to-Fail in AEC curricula, which provides an edge for future careers and contributes to developing resilient built environments.

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                Author and article information

                Journal
                jgrb
                jgrb
                College Publishing
                College Publishing
                Journal of Green Building
                College Publishing
                1943-4618
                1552-6100
                Winter 2022
                25 March 2022
                : 17
                : 1
                : 249-266
                Author notes

                1. Ph.D. Student, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Florida International University. Email: rraha005@ 123456fiu.edu

                2. Ph.D. Candidate, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Florida International University. Email: pprad013@ 123456fiu.edu

                3. Assistant Professor, Moss Dept. of Construction Management, College of Engineering and Computing, Florida International University.

                (Corresponding Author). Email: melzomor@ 123456fiu.edu
                Author information
                https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0524-5619
                https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4560-6001
                https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7734-9601
                Article
                jgb.17.1.249
                10.3992/jgb.17.1.249
                f2443f67-ccff-400f-a504-7479e4691965
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                Pages: 18
                Categories
                NEW DIRECTIONS IN TEACHING AND RESEARCH

                Urban design & Planning,Civil engineering,Environmental management, Policy & Planning,Architecture,Environmental engineering
                Safe-to-Fail,Natural disasters,sustainable infrastructure systems,resilient design,AEC education

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