100 Resilient Cities

About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered By The Rockefeller Foundation

100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) 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. Examples of these stresses include high unemployment; an overtaxed or inefficient public transport system; endemic violence; or chronic food and water shortages. By addressing both the shocks and the stresses, a city becomes more able to respond to adverse events, and is overall better able to deliver basic functions in both good times and bad, to all populations.

In Spain, one city is involved, Spain’s second city and the capital of the semi-autonomous region of Catalonia:

Full details of the international project here

Barcelona’s Resilience Challenge

The vibrant port of Barcelona is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea. The city is a centre for tourism, entertainment, sports, and other industries. However, high unemployment has increased the number of people unable to find homes, make mortgage payments, or afford utilities such as water, electricity, and gas. This problem has also impacted social structures, putting stress on traditional family cohesion.

In the last decade, Barcelona has faced a number of infrastructure failures—including the loss of main transport lines and a significant power outage—officials created cross-cutting resilience teams to analyze shocks and respond with a coordinated effort. The city has also begun to address its pollution challenges, creating projects that promote renewable energies, reducing the use of fossil fuels at the port, increasing and improving public transport, and adopting electric vehicles for the city’s motor fleet to decrease air and noise pollution. In its responses to these challenges and others, Barcelona is at the cutting edge of resilience planning and thinking.

Full details here