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Top 10 urban design principles for resilient cities

With urban behaviour changing the way people live, here are 10 urban design principles for resilient cities

Dominic Ellis
|Nov 19|magazine4 min read

Urban behaviour is changing the ways people live, affecting the planning, design, development, governance and operation of cities. Factors such as climate change, behavioural change, security and health threats require the region’s cities to be prepared to create happy, healthy and productive communities in future. 

Building resilience is an expanding theme in today’s world, with the ability to cope and adapt to challenging and changing circumstances essential to helping cities navigate uncertainties. As such, several entities have come together to develop solutions and implement policies to drive better outcomes for local populations, allowing communities and residents to play a part in developing resilient frameworks.

“Resilience is made up of many factors, including governance, risk assessment, education, disaster preparedness and flexibility. Technology, data and policymaking have significant roles to play in helping industry bodies to absorb future growth and soften the blow of any unexpected setbacks that may come their way. This also allows us to build back better and use the lessons learned to contribute positively to tackling larger resiliency challenges,” says Matthew Tribe, executive director at CallisonRTKL.

“The level of change and flexibility that cities need to introduce requires a willingness to turn disruptions such as COVID-19 into an opportunity for lasting change. If nothing else, the pandemic has provided an even greater incentive for the public and private sectors to come together to take rapid action that results in the building of even stronger communities than before,” Tribe adds.

So here are 10 urban design principles for resilient cities: