Urban Resilience: A New Smart Cities Objective

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By Dominique Bonte | 1Q 2019 | IN-5357


The Need to Make Cities Resilient 


Due to their very high population concentrations, cities are vulnerable to unpredictable disasters and catastrophes like earthquakes, tsunamis, volcano eruptions, flooding, food shortages, wildfires, hurricanes and typhoons, terrorist attacks, civil unrest, cyberattacks, war, diseases and epidemics, nuclear or chemical contamination, extreme air pollution, etc. The impact of these events on cities is two-fold:

  • Direct and immediate loss of life
  • Challenges related to organizing relief response for survivors in the aftermath of these events in terms of evacuation, basic services, and medical care.This constitutes an extreme case of the demand-response challenge that cities already face in normal times, the severity of which directly relates to cities’ preparedness and responsiveness.

Awareness around the need for urban resilience is gaining momentum, especially as high-profile disasters continue to get wide media attention. Resilience is linked to very basic safety and security requirements and benefits of smart cities, but should really …

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