Resilience Planning

Fire damanged home in Paradise, California

Fire-Ravaged Paradise Plans for a Resilient Rebirth

A new urban design plan calls for a robust buffer zone to protect the town from fast-spreading fires, among other mitigation measures.

May 4, 2022 - Fast Company

Flooding at the Whitehall Street station, New York

New York City Plans To Boost Resilience Against Floods

How the city is taking action on green infrastructure and stormwater projects to protect neighborhoods from the rising risk of catastrophic flooding.

April 17, 2022 - Bloomberg CityLab

Suburban Neighborhood

Resilience Planning for Suburban Growth

Whether or not the suburban shift accelerated by the pandemic continues, policymakers can implement climate resilience strategies and guide sustainable growth in both cities and exurbs.

April 12, 2022 - Brookings

East River

Saving Lower Manhattan

A debate over how to protect the East River waterfront from Sandy-level flooding and storm damage has delayed the project as community activists decry the city's last-minute change of plans.

January 5, 2022 - The New York Times

The Colorado River is flooded with brown water with the skyline of Austin, Texas in the background.

New Stormwater Resilience Measures Approved in Austin

The Austin City Council adopted the latest in a series of measures intended to improve the city's stormwater resilience after experiencing repeated flooding events in the past decade.

October 20, 2021 - Austin Monitor

A sign indicates closures on the New York Subway as the result of heavy rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Ida.

City Council: New York Must Plan for Resilience at the Local Level

The city of New York has a new mandate for resilience planning.

October 12, 2021 - The New York Times

HART Rail Honolulu

Ideas for Urban Resilience

Five experts reflect on developing trends and future possibilities for resilience in Honolulu and other cities.

July 7, 2021 - Hawaii Business Magazine

Los Angeles Earthquake

Resilient Los Angeles: Preparing for Overlapping Disasters in Pandemic

L.A. City Chief Resilience Officer Aaron Gross elaborates on how the pandemic is shaping the city’s understanding of resilience and the cascading impact that overlapping disasters of earthquake or wildfire could have on the city’s limited resources.

August 17, 2020 - The Planning Report

Caribbean Hurricane Season

Coronavirus a Major New Complication for Extreme Weather Events

Climate change might not allow the relief from the pandemic that many have been hoping for as the country enters the summer months, as evacuations during the hurricane, tornado, and fire seasons will take on new elements of risk.

June 2, 2020 - Inside Climate News

Masks for Public Health

Lessons from Pandemics: Disaster Resilience Planning

What can we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic to help plan more resilient communities that can respond to all types of economic, social, and environmental shocks?

May 4, 2020 - Todd Litman


Coronavirus Presents Opportunities for Resilience in Dallas

Dallasites have a history of responding to times of crisis with plans for reinvention. What could the city do to improve public life after the coronavirus pandemic?

May 1, 2020 - The Dallas Morning News


Resilience Plan Revealed in London

Resilience in a post-Brexit London.

February 11, 2020 - Smart Cities Dive

New Orleans, Louisiana

Public Art and Resilience Planning

A neighborhood in New Orleans, badly damaged after Hurricane Katrina, is providing a test bed for an innovative new approach to urban planning.

December 9, 2019 - Next City


Toward Better Public-Private Partnerships in Resilience Planning

The public sector and the private sector need a better system of incentives to deliver on the infrastructure and development investments necessary to prepare for climate change and other environmental threats.

August 22, 2017 - Smart Cities Dive

New York Harbor

Building Resilience? There's a Standard for That

Resilience standards—like LEED--could transform building practices. But there are many standards to choose from, and few are aware that they exist. A new report helps planners and builders choose the right standard for every project.

July 31, 2017 - Laurie Mazur

Coney Island

Planning for Resilience on Coney Island Creek

A case study in New York's response to the Hurricane Sandy flooding in the neighborhoods of Coney Island and Gravesend.

August 28, 2016 - New York Economic Development Corporation

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