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New City Resilience Index launched by Arup and Rockefeller Foundation

Matt Ball on May 19, 2016 - in Corporate, Design/Engineering, Modeling, Smart Cities

The City Resilience Index (CRI), developed by Arup with the support from the Rockefeller Foundation provides a comprehensive, technically robust and globally applicable basis for measuring city resilience.

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. This involves looking at individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems, and how they are able to survive and adapt no matter what kinds of chronic or acute stress they experience.

The tool comprises 52 resilience indicators that gives cities the opportunity to assess their preparedness and ability to accommodate current and emerging challenges through a secure online interface.

Designed primarily as a self-assessment, this tool will generate a resilience profile that will reveal a city’s specific strengths and weaknesses.

Cities increasingly understand that building resilience is a 21st century imperative, and now for the first time they have a way to comprehensively assess where they are strong, and where they need to improve to be ready for whatever may come their way. The CRI was created over three years and in consultation with a range of cities globally. It is designed with rigor, and in a way that cities everywhere will benefit from using it as a planning and decision-making tool, that can help them realize a resilience dividend from investments in their growth and the well-being of their citizens.

– Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Institute.

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. It provides a practical means to measure resilience, and a common language that will enable cities to learn from each other.

– Jo da Silva, Director, Arup.

The City Resilience Index is based on three years of research contributions, case studies and pilot schemes conducted in diverse cities across the world. The research reports, city case studies and tool are available atwww.cityresilienceindex.org.

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