Building Resilient Cities

Edwin Torres discusses The Rockefeller Foundation's focus on building resiliency in global cities.
Thursday, October 25, 2012 04:00 EDT | 3
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10/28/2012 9:08:41 AM
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natural processes
This is very important globally. If climate change is here to stay then we must become more responsive to natural processes. This will cost less in the long term. Building dams like we did in the past is just not feasible anymore. We must work with nature so that we dont get reduced to rubble by it. This is a major problem in UK cities where adequate drainage and poor infrastructure mean houses are flooded by rain every year. Sea flooding is so much worse that we cant afford to be complacent. Some land will have to be given over to seasonal flooding and other areas strengthened and protected. Thanks for the video.

10/27/2012 2:22:53 PM
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Re: Resilient cities
A timely message with the storm heading your way. I hope your all staying dry. If you study history, you will find a recurring theme at the heart of why most great societies fail is a lack of resilience. When a system has resilience, a major failure in one system hurts but recovery is quick. When there are multiple weak spots, as in the famous pile of sand experiment, one new grain of sand can cause the whole pile to crumble. In other words, small failures can have catastrophic results as it leads other interdependent systems to fail. We have been pushing the envelope on what is possible for so long, we have a great many weak and interdependdant systems. More attention needs to be given to the systemic problems brewing while we still have time to work on a solution.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
10/25/2012 6:11:44 PM
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Resilient cities
Thanks so much for the interesting information about what the Rockefeller Foundation is doing to build resilience in cities, Edwin. I think the example you cite is fascinating, and I'm wondering if you think that the bottom line will always be what you said -- that sometimes a flood will be inevitable? Is there anything that can be done or is being done, whether through technology or advancements in urban design, so that doesn't have to be the case?

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