Resilient cities are liveable cities
Bangkok, Accra, Sydney, Montreal, Glasgow and Wellington may not seem to have much in common, but they are all cities which are part of the 100 Resilient Cities network. 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) is “dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.”
Urban resiliency is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems within an urban environment to prepare for, adapt to and recover from significant chronic stresses and acute shocks (such as natural disasters, socioeconomic disparities, economic shifts, political crises, population changes, climate change...) they experience.
Resilience is about making cities better, for both the short and long-term, for everyone.
Chronic Stresses - weaken the fabric of a city on a day-to-day or cyclical basis. Examples of these stresses include high unemployment; an overtaxed or inefficient public transportation system; endemic violence; and chronic food and water shortages.
Acute Shocks - are the sudden, sharp events that threaten a city, including earthquakes, floods, disease outbreaks, and terrorist attacks.
Which cities in Tasmania are thinking about these issues and would be interested in adopting the City Resilience Framework?
100RC is encouraging people to contribute to a discussion on reinventing the commute as a strategy for resilience: What could your city do to encourage commuters to use bikes and other alternative modes of transportation year-round?
Share your ideas and photos on how your city could promote broader use of more resilient modes of transport, and ways your city currently encourages commuters make better choices. Join the conversation.
Here's a summary of what's been collected so far.