In an era rocked by climate change and other large-scale disruptions, our cities must be resilient in order to survive and thrive. But what does that mean, exactly? What is known about urban resilience, and what remains to be explored? To help answer those questions, Island Press launched the Urban Resilience Project (URP) in 2015, with support from The Kresge Foundation and The JPB Foundation. We began with a survey of the existing literature on resilience and reached out to a diverse group of organizers, researchers, planners, and other urban change agents. The report Bounce Forward: Urban Resilience in the Era of Climate Change endeavors to capture what we learned during this initial phase of the project.
Since then, URP has worked to imagine and inspire the sustainable, equitable, resilient cities of the future. We bring together thought leaders with a broad range of expertise to generate and cross-pollinate ideas. And we share those ideas in a variety of media—books, articles, podcasts interviews, webinars, and educational coursework. Our content has appeared in The Guardian, The New York Times, The Nation, The Hill, USA Today, Planning and many other online and print publications.
A compilation of our 2022 work, Resilience Matters: Collective Action for Healthier Communities, is available for free online.
We Want to Hear from You
Are you working to improve your community? Have ideas about building a world that is sustainable and just? Consider collaborating with URP. We can help you hone your ideas and get your message out to audiences that matter. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.