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.