Should resilience be part of a city's brand and strategy? Yes - its a no-brainer! What Makes a Resilient City?

Cycling in Copenhagen is a dominant feature of the cityscape. 1.3 million km are cycled each day in Copenhagen and 36% commute on bicycle - the municipal objective is to increase this to 40% by 2012 and 50% by 2015. I just finished reading Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change by Peter Newman co-authored with Timothy Beatley and Heather Boyer. By ‘resilient’ they authors mean cities that can last, make it through crises, possessing inner strength and resolve, as well as appropriate built form and physical infrastructure. The book calls for cities to plan for resiliency in response to depleting carbon-based fuels and climate change. Of course, there are those that don’t believe we have reached peak oil or that climate change is a real threat. However, for those of us on who are on-board, the authors provide seven elements vital for any city to become r...

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