Report proposes 10 principles for building resilience

Report proposes 10 principles for building resilience

A new report from the Urban Land Institute's Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance outlines 10 fundamental principles for building resilient cities and regions.

That resiliency enables communities to successfully anticipate, respond to and recover from both immediate shocks such as hurricanes and other extreme weather events and long-term stresses such as sea-level rise, poverty and declining population.

Ten Principles for Building Resilience proposes guidelines for city and regional leaders, as well as real estate and land use professionals to design, plan and build communities and infrastructure in ways that address vulnerabilities related to climate change and other threats to prosperity and well-being. 

The report advances the idea that resilience is a foundational characteristic of vibrant and healthy communities. It makes the case through examples and insights drawn from ULI's work with local decision-makers and community leaders on building resilience in disparate locations across the United States.

ULI's Advisory Services Program has convened more than a dozen expert panels, composed of ULI members with expertise in real estate development, urban planning and other land use fields, in locations such as Seattle; Louisiana; Portland, Maine; and Miami-Dade County to assist those communities with short- and long-range strategies to develop resilience. Insights from these panels were distilled into the following 10 principles:  

  • Understand vulnerabilities 
  • Strengthen job and housing opportunities 
  • Promote equity 
  • Leverage community assets 
  • Redefine how and where to build 
  • Build the business case 
  • Accurately price the cost of inaction 
  • Design with natural systems 
  • Maximize co-benefits; and 
  • Harness innovation and technology.

A key theme discussed in the report is the critical role of the private real estate sector in transforming the market and leveraging greater investments toward more resilient design, buildings and infrastructure. It emphasizes a definition of resilience that goes beyond fortifying hard infrastructure and physical assets.

Critical to building resilience are efforts to strength local housing markets, the workforce and social networks, as well as taking an equitable approach to resilience investments so that under-resourced neighborhoods have a fair shot at bouncing back after adverse events.


Topics: Associations / Organizations, Sustainable Communities, Sustainable Trends and Statistics, Technology, Urban Planning and Design

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