The Center for Resilient Metro-regions (CRM) supports the department's area of excellence in Green Urbanism, where we understand urbanism to occur at a range of scales and places, from rural communities to complex metropolitan regions. The UMass Center for Resilient Metro-Regions provides planning and applied research toward making communities more economically, socially, and environmentally resilient and vibrant. Our goal is to help guide communities through complex choices and changing opportunities in climate, infrastructure, energy systems, land use, and housing. CRM faculty and students work together to integrate research and application to build and demonstrate the best of new practices.
Many LARP studios and community outreach projects are coordinated through CRM, providing service learning opportunities for students and benefits for the communities who fund the studios. Communities who are interested in hosting a studio should contact the Center outreach coordinator, Mark Hamin, who will direct the inquiry to the appropriate faculty member.
CRM-related large research projects include the National Science Foundation funded projects on Sustainable Adaptive Gradients in the coastal Environment (SAGE), and Boston Metropolitan Area Urban Long-term Research Project (ULTRA), www.umass.edu/urbaneco.