September 1, 2015
Defining urban resilience
Resilience is about surviving and thriving, regardless of the challenge.
Urban resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.
weaken the fabric of a city on a day-to-day or cyclical basis
Examples include: high unemployment, inefficient public transportation systems, endemic violence, and chronic food and water shortages.
are sudden, sharp events that threaten a city
Examples include: earthquakes, floods, disease outbreaks, and terrorist attacks.
Resilient cities demonstrate seven qualities that allow them to withstand, respond to, and adapt more readily to shocks and stresses.
using past experience to inform future decisions
recognizing alternative ways to use resources
well-conceived, constructed, and managed systems
spare capacity purposively created to accommodate disruption
willingness and ability to adopt alternative strategies in response to changing circumstances
prioritize broad consultation to create a sense of shared ownership in decision making
bring together a range of distinct systems and institutions