100 Resilient Cities

  • Arup is a Strategy Partner with 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), supporting Chief Resilience Officers to prepare City Resilience Strategies
  • Stakeholder engagement with government, business and civil society helped to identify cities’ strengths, weaknesses and opportunities to enhance resilience
  • Arup helps cities to define a comprehensive programme of goals and actions to address shocks and stresses in the short, medium and long term.

In the 21st century, a city’s ability to remain competitive whilst supporting the wellbeing of its citizens can be compromised by shocks and stresses, ranging from climate change to ageing infrastructure, and unplanned growth to disease outbreaks. Integrated approaches and innovative solutions are required to ensure that cities understand and plan for their resilience.

100 Resilient Cities – pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), aims to enhance city resilience through a programme of activities, including the appointment of a City Resilience Officer (CRO), creation of a Resilience Strategy in each participating city, and the sharing of knowledge and best practice through a global network of cities and service providers. The holistic, multi-stakeholder strategy development process helps cities to improve the robustness, flexibility and inclusiveness of their systems, and to build resilience capacity across stakeholder groups.

As Strategy Partner, Arup has already helped six cities – Byblos, Bristol, Glasgow, Vejle, Thessaloniki and Santiago de Chile – to develop and release their Resilience Strategies. In total Arup is working with 22 of the 100 cities progressing through the 100RC process with Arup’s support.

Arup and the Rockefeller Foundation recently developed the City Resilience Index (CRI) which helps cities to understand and measure their capacity to endure, adapt and transform. The CRI will allow cities to measure their resilience using 156 metrics and will be used as a tool to support the 100RC programme.


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    As Strategy Partner Arup provides cities with a variety of support including project management, technical engineering, planning and economics expertise and networking facilitation.