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Resilient cities, not trivial to imagine. As long as it comes to resilienceapplied to a person, it can also be reached, being a concept cleared of customs and on which many - including us - have spent words. But what are the characteristics of resilient cities? The ones that almost all cities should have, for the Earth to save its life. Resilient cities contribute to the reduction of the impact of climate change, impose themselves with a different approach in building and living on the territory. In this type of environment, you live differently, and the effects are also noticeable from an economic and health point of view.
Resilient cities: meaning
Speak about resilient city, or resilient city, means talking about an urban system that adapts to climate change, and ongoing global warming, but also to those social, cultural, economic, structural. As temperatures are getting higher and the weather becomes unpredictable, human life evolves, people move and they change habits, interact with the environment, for better or for worse.
It is therefore essential for our and the planet's survival that resilient cities are increasingly numerous, so that human settlements may have more efficient and environmentally friendly organizational and management models, including man.
100 resilient cities
They are in Europe, and among them there are also Bologna, Copenhagen, Rotterdam, Barcelona, and Bratislava. There are 100 resilient cities that, rather than being resilient already, have made the commitment to become one, soon, well aware of the impact of climate change on their inhabitants. Impact already evident and that will be increasingly negative and dangerous.
Public bodies of various levels, both European, national, regional and municipal, have undertaken to draft a series of guidelines and laws that outline a common path for all cities who want to join the 100 declared resilient cities. There is a lot to do but the more you are, the better you act.
Resilient cities: public spaces
Public spaces are undoubtedly an important area in which it is possible to act for making cities resilient. The power of action on what are buildings and private areas is limited for now, but public spaces can be managed better and this would already lead to an improvement.
There is an ad hoc EEA report on this aspect and on some of them long-term preventive measures related to public spaces and their management, may be significant for life on earth in the near future.
From theory to practice, here are some examples: in cities there is a need for more green areas, because they can retain excess rainwater or cool the built-up nuclei of cities in the summer. Fewer homes in flood-prone areas. And so on…
Resilient cities: examples
Among the 100 resilient cities, we choose Rotterdam, port city, on the banks of the Maas River, Holland. It has 615,000 inhabitants and 90% of its extension is built below sea level. The flood risk is very high, is therefore very interested in becoming resilient out of self-interest and is one of the first to work to be smarter.
It has set itself ambitious goals, aiming to become the world capital with the lowest CO2 emissions index, emissions which, by 2025, must be reduced by 50%. The main initiatives already undertaken are the construction of floating houses and water squares, enhanced water collection systems, green roofs and a port that is truly sustainable.
Resilient cities approaches and strategies
The approaches that the European cities aspiring to resilient status they can adopt are aimed at adapting to climate change. They can cover various aspects and have short or long term goals. It is the combination of strategies that is winning, especially when applied by more than 100 cities and scattered around the world. The sectors in which they serve resilient approaches and strategies are for example that of urban planning and transport, that of water management and waste collection. But that's not all: a resilient city must also have gods resilient citizens!
Resilient cities: book
For those who want to deepen this concept, there is the book "The resilient city”, Also available on Amazon, written by Pietro Mezzi and Piero Pelizzaro.
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