100 Resilient Cities is pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC). It 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.
100RC supports the adoption and incorporation of a view of resilience that includes not just the shocks—earthquakes, fires, floods, etc.—but also the stresses that weaken the fabric of a city on a day to day or cyclical basis.
On 1 June 2016 the City of Melbourne released its Resilience Strategy, Australia's first resilience strategy.
For more information visit:100 Resilient Cities
City ID develops creative solutions to make cities more welcoming, engaging and easier to navigate. This is done through creative information and wayfinding solutions.
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High density living is increasingly becoming the norm for the millions of people that want to live in our global cities. People assume that they must give up their connection to nature in order to live in central locations within our cities. However, given the increase in the amount of high rise residential apartments, designers are starting to shift towards locating high density development in locations adjacent to parklands and open spaces and are including tree planting within high density residential developments in city centres creating the “Vertical Forest”.
Planning Xchange delivers regular podcasts on a range of urban issues. They aim to provide monthly Podcasting episodes which are relevant to a range of audiences both within Australia and internationally.
Our very own Mark Sheppard appeared in episode 14.
Check it out here.
Video source: Paper City - An Urban Story
Cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. At their best, cities have enabled people to advance socially and economically.
Image source: Studio Roosegaarde
Air pollution is a problem that effects cities all over the world. With populations expected to keep increasing in urban areas, the problems associated with smog and poor air pollution will have consequences for years to come.
Yared Wolde from the School of St Yared visited David Lock Associates to share the inspiring work he does in providing first-class, bilingual primary education to some of the poorest children in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
How do you identify or make a great place? How do transform public spaces to community spaces?
A great way to combat air pollution, roof top gardens are a beautiful addition to any city. Check out these nine breathtaking roof top gardens from around the world.
At the University of Cambridge scientists have been collecting data on how urban smells can influence urban life.
An urban smell dictionary has been created that comprehensively covers unpleasant or 'emission' odours to pleasant smelling or 'nature' odours.
This overview of an former exhibition provides an interesting look at how simple illustration has been able to capture complex ideas on paper and in the process has revolutionised how we live in cities.
The growth of the development of smart cities is a recent popular discourse driven by changes in technology. How planners and designers utilise smart technology to engage in city development will change quickly in the future through the use of this technology.
David Lock Associates is at the forefront of the latest thinking around smart cities having recently presented at the American Institute of Architects on this topic as well as the offices of David Lock Associates UK working closely with technology companies. By taking a holistic view of cities and their integration with technology, cities of tomorrow can be inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable for all their people.
David Klingberg presents at the Center of Architecture in New York.
As we head back to work in the sweltering heat, we’re all looking for ways to cool down.
What is your city doing this year to light up the streets at Christmas?
St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney. Image credit: www.mytravelgateway.com
Food security is a major challenge for our growing population, but a team of architects from Studiomobile, botanists and others have created the Jellyfish Barge – a solar powered greenhouse where food can be grown with very limited environmental impact.