Good resilience planning involves more than building barriers

This year’s theme for UN World Cities Day – building sustainable and resilient cities – holds enormous potential for urban areas across the globe. Visceral reminders of our generation’s greatest challenge are becoming more and more frequent; Hurricane Michael earlier this month being the most recent example.

Recent climate studies indicate we may soon hit a dire tipping point in global warming, with far-reaching implications for our communities.

The concept of urban resilience is gaining in popularity, though the hard work still lies ahead. Funding models are varied in their scope and projected outcomes, best practices are emerging and evolving, and measurable results are still being determined. Coordination on how to prepare communities for the next storm or shock will be key.

Whereas the conventional appeal is for higher walls, thicker concrete, and bigger barriers, it is essential to question the de facto response of creating an impenetrable line of defense. A resilience approach instead seeks to address the underlying challenges, designing systems that allow quick recovery back to normalcy following a shock – whether that’s a swift restoration of utility services or getting an assembly line back online.

> Read entire article Good Resilience Planning Involves More Than Building Barriers – It’s About Making Connections | John Malueg and Gary Sorge | 100 Resilient Cities

Writing the future on World Cities Day

“Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities” was the theme of this year’s United Nations World Cities Day, and ISO standards are proving to be essential tools to do exactly that.

How do you enhance a city’s attractiveness, and preserve its environmental, social and cultural assets, when faced with a growing population?

ISO 37101 is part of a suite of standards dedicated to future-proofing cities and making them sustainable and resilientSince becoming the first community in Europe to be certified to ISO International Standard ISO 37101, Sustainable development in communities – Management system for sustainable development – Requirements with guidance for use, Sappada in Italy now benefits from better managed local complexities, new initiatives for education and environmental protection, new ways of promoting their area and a system to measure and monitor sustainability performance – all the while increasing community engagement.

ISO 37101 is part of a suite of standards dedicated to future-proofing cities and making them sustainable and resilient, thus contributing to the goal of this year’s World Cities Day and United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 11 for sustainable cities and communities.

> Read entire article Writing the future on World Cities Day | Katie Bird |