Getting Resilient

A paper published earlier this year by a team of professors argues that cities need to learn to become more resilient as resources become more scarce.

"The authors outline some less-than-ideal future scenarios if nothing is done to help cities adapt: the total collapse of cities (economic, social, and cultural meltdown, similar to the ideas presented in Jared Diamond's "Collapse"); a return to ruralized cities (characterized by semi-urban lifestyles and localized economies); and divided cities (separated by differences in economic status, with less affluent groups receiving little to none of the remaining energy resources). None of these scenarios offer real solutions for larger metropolitan areas."

The authors go on to present their own solutions, from carbon-neutrality to sustainable transportation.

Full Story: How to Design Resilient Cities

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