Urban Resilience

We are currently living in a time of unprecedented urbanization that is transforming the planet and the way we live.

Being resilience means to be ahead, think ahead — Chrystelle Maechler

With a greater concentration of people and assets in urban cities, the impact of natural disasters and a changing climate can be devastating. Urban resilience aims to develop the capacity of every component within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks it might experience. While cities were originally designed to remove or minimize disturbances, a resilient approach demonstrates the importance of living with those disturbances. Strengthening the underlying fabric of a city can improve its development trajectory and the well-being of its citizens.

With regards to the government, it is definitely a shared responsibility, but the majority tends to run best with the local government for responses like snowstorms and heavy rain whereas the federal government tends to get things like military or terrorism security, but all three levels of government that need to be worried about it — Daniel Hoornweg

Urban resilience includes how well a city can adapt to climate change and the impact of extreme weather but also attempts to address a wide array of other issues, such as: inequality, aging infrastructure, and changing demographics. Creating links between physical and social systems aid in developing a resilient city that is sustainable for the future. Today we will discuss urban resilience with three special guests, who will each provide a different perspective when it comes to developing a resilient city.

The most resilient places around the world are the places that have been able to withstand the test of time and all of its issues and problems are places that worked with the forces and with the geography and geology and ecological framework that shape the place to start with rather than against it — Fadi Masoud


Chrystelle MaechlerDirector, Producer and Writer of the documentary series, Urban Resilience

Daniel Hoornweg, Ontario’s Chief Safety and Risk Officer

Fadi Masoud, Assistant Professor of Landscape and Architecture and Urbanism at Daniels Faculty


Anna Miller, Host & Producer
Vienna Vendittelli, Host & Producer
Jasper Parades, Technical Producer
Dimitri Treheles, Executive Director

Music Credits:
A Little Too Much by Shawn Mendes

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