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07 Oct 14 14:06


I just happened upon this really interesting report from Grosvenor on resilient cities. Grosvenor is a London-based real estate group. Resilient cities, examines the viability of some of the world's largest cities from a property perspective. But it also looks at the human aspect as well:

"A large proportion of the world's rapidly growing population is located in cities and other kinds of settlements that are not resilient, either due to high vulnerability, low adaptive capacity or both. By ranking cities we hope that our work contributes tot eh development of policies, supra-national, national and local, that make places mor resilient particularly those at the bottom of the hierarchy. In our view, pursuing real estate business without an eye to the stabilty o f the underlying communities has little meaning."

The report measures the relationship between vulnerability and adaptive capacities for various cities: the more vulnerable a city, the lower the resilience. The higher the adaptive capacity, the higher the resilience.

According to Grosvenor, the three most resilient cities in the world are in Canada: Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. The least resilient are in emerging markets: Cairo, Jakarta and Dhaka. They've also included five case studies in the report.

A well-produced addition to the urban resilience movement.

Download the report here (PDF, 3.09 MB)


Category: Climate/natural disasters: Disaster risk, Resilience

Location: London, United Kingdom


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