Cities stand at the forefront of the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Today, just over 50% of the world’s population lives in cities, and yet those areas are already responsible for 80% of global GDP – our economy is undoubtedly an urban one. Aging infrastructure, extreme weather, and mass migration will all disproportionately affect urban centers. By 2050, over 70% of the world’s population will live in cities, deepening and widening the impact of these patterns.
100 Resilient Cities (100RC) possesses a unique vantage point for understanding this changing landscape. Though the concept of urban resilience is relatively new, the holistic lens it offers to decision makers is uniquely suited to meet the needs of the modern city. Several common challenges have emerged from our work over the past three years with member cities seeking to build urban resilience, and we are beginning to see the market respond with innovative solutions.
100RC is working in response to two current truths: (1) cities are complex, siloed ecosystems; and (2) existing market solutions that could be applied to urban challenges do not scale or otherwise reach cities efficiently. One of our goals in launching 100RC was to aggregate information on the evolving demands of resilient cities, and signal to the private sector what tools and services cities need.
That’s why we produced the latest report from 100 Resilient Cities: Catalyzing the Urban Resilience Market. Explore the report to learn more about the major areas of opportunities and what some of our member cities are already doing to build urban resilience in their cities.