Resilience

Understanding urban resilience, part II: Concepción

Last week, we introduced the recently released City Resilience Framework, a tool developed by our International Development group and the Rockefeller Foundation to help demystify urban resilience. This week, we’re…

Resilience lessons from Mecca

Mecca’s population more than triples for several weeks each year during the Muslim pilgrimage. We spoke with University of Toronto professor Amer Shalaby, a transportation expert, about what the city’s response to this…

Understanding urban resilience, part I: Surat

We live in an ever-more complex and unpredictable world, marked by rapid urbanization, dramatic technological evolution, and climate change. As a result, policymakers and designers are increasingly focusing on the concept of urban…

Understanding global catastrophe

From ancient city walls to Cold War fallout shelters, the built environment has always reflected the threats that most deeply concern its creators. The same is true in the twenty-first…

Sustainability and resilience

As cities across the world grow more concerned about long-term adaptation to climate change in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and other natural disasters, Arup policy consultant Debra Lam has…