Can the built environment actually intensify storms? This may very well be the case as reported in the Scientific American article, “Cities Can Alter Hurricanes, Intensifying Their Rainfall.” This is one of several articles that have emerged in the past month citing new and still developing research on how skyscrapers and other urban construction can create greater intensity of rainfall and cyclones in extreme weather events. Here, scientists studied hurricane Harvey and the city of Houston. There is more research required to assess the strength of the theory. This type of research is very important in creating evidence-based approaches to resilient urban planning in potentially vulnerable areas. This is important to architects, planners, developers, and policymakers. Demographics show that we have a growing population expansion in urban areas including the mega cities as well as growing development intensity in coastal regions. These factors converge to create growing risk of vulnerability to urban system failures and potentials for loss of life. Architects and planners need to focus greater effort on the development of resiliency strategies and knowledge development.