Mayor Aboutaleb and Hogeschool Rotterdam, joined by 100RC, Commemorate 1st Anniversary of Strategy

Rotterdam celebrates a year of resilience by signing a new partnership with Hogeschool Rotterdam 

Today, the Municipality of Rotterdam led by Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb commemorated its first year since the launch of its city resilience strategy, Resilient Rotterdam, by signing a new partnership with Hogeschool Rotterdam (Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences) at an event in Rotterdam’s World Trade Centre.

The Hogeschool Rotterdam partnership will train students in resilience thinking and support in Lifestyle & Transformation Design working on resilience awareness by creating so-called interactive wearables and data-driven design. The RDM and EMI Centers of Expertise will work with various programs on specific questions about the Port and Zuid areas of the city; from modular aquabots to the redevelopment of De Peperklip building in the Zuid area. Students will also be comparing international resilience, starting in September and including: Atlanta and Rotterdam.

Over the last year countless resilience initiatives have been launched as envisaged by the Resilient Rotterdam strategy:

  • Delfshaven has experimented with a neighbourhood-level resilience plan;
  • The city center is starting to set up a multi-functional roofs landscape;
  • Crooswijk has built a third ‘water square’ to address multiple resilience challenges in one urban space;
  • A total of 3.2 billion Euros in subsidies have been awarded for climate adaptation initiatives in the city;
  • Finally, Codarts University for the Arts is working on an opera entitled ‘The Ring of Resilience’

Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb said of the anniversary: “Rotterdam is defensible and already shows great resilience, but we need to do more. We need the inventiveness and energy of everyone in the city. That’s why it’s important that students from Hogeschool Rotterdam, the city makers of the future, become resilient. So that Rotterdam is ready for the challenges of the 21st Century.”

Arnoud Molenaar, Rotterdam’s Chief Resilience Officer: “In May 2016, Rotterdam was the first city in The Netherlands to launch a resilience strategy. This is because Rotterdam wants to maintain and, where necessary, strengthen its resilience and defenses so that the city is able to optimally anticipate challenges such as climate change, digitization and energy transition. In the past year, Resilient Rotterdam has undergone an intensive consultation project with the city, as part of which 2,800 Rotterdam citizens responded to the resilience strategy. They indicated that social resilience and climate change are the biggest challenges faced by Rotterdam.”

The first anniversary of Resilient Rotterdam is just the beginning. In the coming year, Resilient Rotterdam continue working on almost 70 initiatives from the action program. A great deal of focus will be on energy transition, cyber security and climate-proofing. However, the key factor will be balance within the city, increasing the resilience of individual Rotterdam citizens. Resilient Rotterdam will also continue to work on knowledge sharing within the 100RC network and beyond.


About Resilient Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a city with an unmistakable character and energy, which never stands still. The city and its residents are pretty durable. Rotterdam wants to maintain and, where necessary, strengthen its resilience and defenses. So that the city is able to optimally profit from and anticipate challenges such as climate change, digitization and energy transition. Since 2014, Rotterdam has been working with cities from the worldwide ‘100 Resilient Cities’ network, initiated by the Rockefeller Foundation. The aim being to combine forces to profit from and anticipate trends in the 21st century.

Resilient Rotterdam is the force behind this movement in the city. We are an expanding network of people working on the city’s resilience: companies, residents, social organizations and the municipal executive. Together we are developing our skills to make Rotterdam resilient and defensible and to keep it that way. Together we are working on structural focus on the city’s resilience qualities. And together we are working on initiatives that will ensure that Rotterdam is ready for the 21st century!

About 100 Resilient Cities

100 Resilient Cities (100RC), pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each city who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a Resilience Strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. 100RC currently has 100 member cities.