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Rockefeller Foundation - developing resilient cities

From flooding to earthquakes, rapid population growth to power shortages, every city faces different challenges.
From flooding to earthquakes, rapid population growth to power shortages, every city faces different challenges.

  • 68% of the world's population will live in urban areas by 2050
  • $250bn Annual cost of natural disasters to cities world wide

We have been working with The Rockefeller Foundation for some years now, developing a number of tools that help cities to establish their resilience to both sudden shocks and gradually developing stresses, for the first time. These tools draw on our worldwide city planning expertise with our experience dealing with disasters, to produce stronger more resilient cities of the future.

How do you measure a city's resilience?

Cities are subject to a wide range of natural and man-made pressures that can cause major disruption. In recent years, the growing diversity of hazards and complexity of cities has made building urban resilience into a critical agenda.

Foremost amongst the tools we have developed with the Rockefeller Foundation is the Cities Resilience Index.

This first-of-its-kind tool allows cities, policy-makers, urban planners and stakeholders to better understand their capacity to address the social, physical and economic challenges they face and better prepare themselves for the future.

Comprised of 52 indicators, assessed on responses to 156 questions, it provides a comprehensive, technically robust and globally applicable basis for measuring city resilience.

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The City Resilience Index has global relevance. It has been developed and tested in partnership with cities of every type and scale from around the world.

Every city is unique, and each faces specific challenges. But, the factors that enable cities to deal with disruption are universal. The CRI captures the breadth of issues that contribute to a city’s resilience. ” Jo da Silva Jo da Silva Global International Development Leader

100 Resilient Cities - Building resilient cities worldwide

As well as developing the City Resilience Index, we worked with the Rockefeller Foundation on 100 Resilient Cities. This programme of activities included appointing a City Resilience Officer, the development of Resilience Strategies, and the sharing of knowledge between the 100 participant cities.

As Strategy Partner, Arup helped 22 of the 100 cities, including – Amman, AthensByblos, Bristol, Glasgow, Sante Fe, Santiago de Chile, Thessaloniki, Toyama and Vejle, – to develop and release their Resilience Strategies through the 100RC process. 

Learn more about the 100 Resilient Cities programme