“The co-location and collaboration agreement between Arup and the GRCN will bring together, and build on, our complementary approaches to strengthening urban communities. Both organisations have deep experience and extensive networks to share knowledge and data, and expertise and tools to develop robust solutions,” Neil said.
“For example, we will be working together to further refine Arup's City Resilience Index tools and develop new guidance materials on city resilience themes.”
Arup’s relevant expertise includes the Future Cities Hub, recently established with support from the Singapore Economic Development Board. The Hub is bringing together leading professionals to work with the public and private sectors and non-government organisations across urban development, transport, social issues and critical infrastructure.
Building the resilience of vulnerable communities and critical infrastructure requires focus, energy and strong partnerships. Both Arup and GRCN are currently working with their networks of cities to strengthen their pandemic response and recovery efforts.
Lauren Sorkin GRCN’s Acting Executive Director said the relationship with Arup comes at a critical time, with COVID-19 exposing vulnerable communities in new and far-reaching ways, adding to the scale and range of problems to be addressed.