What We’re Doing in Santiago de Chile

This week, 100 Resilient Cities and its partners are in Santiago de Chile for our fourth Network Exchange. CROs and city representatives from Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Greater Manchester, Greater Miami and the Beaches, Jakarta, Paris, Santiago de los Caballeros, and Sydney, as well as representatives from 100RC Partners EY, IDB, Metropolis and The Nature Conservancy and a host of local experts, are gathering to focus on urban resilience and the metropolitan scale.

The Exchange is part of an ongoing organization- and Network-wide conversation about metropolitan governance. It continues the collaborative work led by Santiago de Chile, Greater Manchester, Paris and ARUP at this year’s Urban Resilience Summit.

The Exchange also builds on the recently released issue paper, The Metropolitan Scale of Resilience, a joint collaboration between Metropolis and 100RC. Through case studies from the 100RC Network, with examples from Montreal, Santiago de Chile, Paris, Buenos Aires, and Medellin, the paper explores how those cities address challenges that cross traditional municipal boundaries through strategies that operate on the metropolitan scale whether through formal metropolitan governance structures or more informal regional relationships.

Often, a city’s most intransigent shocks and stresses – including flooding, poor mobility, unaffordable and inadequate housing, and the consequences of climate change – transcend municipal boundaries and must be examined, explored and managed at the metropolitan level and through regional collaborations.

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As cities design and implement their Resilience Strategies, they increasingly understand this and the need to redefine previously established social, political, functional and geographic borders, as well as engage with partners and stakeholders that best align with the scope of the challenge. This is especially true with increasing metropolization, with cities evolving into major metropolitan regions. As cities continue their rapid urbanization, they are expanding, and growing even more interdependent with their surrounding municipalities, regions and rural peripheries, further entrenching symbiotic relationships with them.

The Exchange includes a mix of member city presentations, facilitated workshops, living laboratory visits and planning sessions that will guide our time together. The last day of the Exchange will be dedicated to diving into the specific challenges that participating member cities have brought with them – from managing risk to critical assets in Sydney’s Botany Bay to advancing design of one of Paris’ strategic actions focused on reducing commuter traffic through rethinking how and where metro Parisians work.

The participants of the Exchange will ground their understanding and collaboration in the living lab of Santiago, which is currently in the process of developing a metropolitan governance structure that seeks to integrate its 52 municipalities. While each city and partner bring a different set of conditions or priorities to this ongoing dialogue, we are excited about how together we can catalyze the best kind of understanding of how planning at the metropolitan scale can advance so many of our resilience objectives.