100 Resilient Cities


They help cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges
that are a growing part of the 21st century.


I think this might be interesting?


On the Rights of Nature

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This is something I have been fretting about for some time.  Fretting because the word “nature”, in English at least, is as slippery as eels and as hard to get hold of as smoke.  Nonetheless, I am entirely on board with the thesis of the piece.  And there is a place for resilience in this discussion.


Sam Benvue

Read the complete document => On the Rights of Nature


In my opinion treating streets as vital public space is improving resilience!


StreetARToronto (StART) is a pro-active program that treats streets as vital public space and aims to develop, support, and increase awareness of street art and its indispensable role in generating social and economic benefits, adding beauty and character to Toronto’s communities, and counteracting the negative effects of graffiti vandalism.


Designing Resilient Buildings in the Face of Climate Change

Construct Canada
Architectural Roundtable 2016-12-05
November 30, 2016 [Attending Ivan Martinovic & Aleksandar Janicijevic]

Designing Resilient Buildings in the Face of Climate Change


#01 Berend Stijland [http://www.nleworks.com/team-member/berend-bart-strijland/]
Berend joined NLÉ in 2011 and is based in Amsterdam. Since joining NLÉ, he has been involved in a large number of architecture and design projects such as the Serpentine Summer House 2016, Bloomsbury Waterfront Development, ROCK – Chicago Lakefront Kiosk, Z-Line Lagos School Furniture and the highly acclaimed Makoko Floating School. After gaining professional experience at an urban design firm in the Netherlands and studies at the UIC Chicago School of Architecture, Berend graduated from the Technical University Delft studying Architecture and Building Engineering.

Urbanization = climate change
By 2015 50% of population will live in urban centres
In Africa 70% of population live by the water
Impact on urban regeneration [building on water]

Project 1
=> Makoko Community Nigeria [
Project 2 => Chicoco Radio Nigeria [http://www.nleworks.com/case/chicoco-media-centre/]

#02 Pippa Brasher [http://www.scapestudio.com]
Director of Planning and Resilience at SCAPE. She works with planning, engineering and design teams to integrate landscape strategies that are sustainable and resilient, and that balance environment, infrastructure, development, and community quality of life needs.

We know in what scary direction we are going.
You have to see your place in a whole new way and adapt.
Our goal is stronger more RESILIENT New York
Revive – Cohabit – Engage – Scale
Community involvement to raise awareness


Project 1 => Living Breakwaters Rebuild By Design Competition
Project 2 => Oyster-tecture, NEW YORK,NY

#03 James Timberlake
Kieran Timberlake is an award-winning architecture firm recognized for its environmental ethos, research expertise, and pioneering design and planning services. Full-service architecture, planning, and research firm. We engage clients in a process of discovery to uncover the possibilities of a compelling program in a specific place and context.

Dialogue of nationwide resilience
Prefabricating architecture
Developing software – looking/analysing 20.000 images
Resiliency Principles [Link to this quite important document prepared by us is bellow]
Source: National Institute for Building Science
This and much more information about resilient buildings at: [http://www.nibs.org]

#04 David Turnbull
Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union. ATOPIA Innovation (founded by David Turnbull & Jane Harrison) is a global design and innovation consultancy that addresses big problems and high visibility, high impact challenges, with a unique fusion of creativity, interdisciplinary thinking and practical design. We help clients with major projects avoid the trap of the mundane and incremental, transforming their project, combining planning and the power of design, intelligent economics, environmental responsibility and the promise of new technology.

Loving the Rain
Go to school to get water

Project 1 => Rain Water Harvest – Kenya [https://www.facebook.com/PITCHAfrica]
PITCHAfrica’s first WATERBANK School was built in Laikipia in 2012, in the Central Highlands of Kenya, in partnership with The Zeitz Foundation, and was named ‘The Greenest School on Earth’​ by the USGBC.
Project 2 => Atopia Innovation [https://www.facebook.com/AtopiaInnovation/]

Ivan’s Notes:
Toronto is hiring Chief Resiliency Officer (and does not have yet Chief Architect)
NBC Climate adaptation requirements coming in 2020
September 2013 – National Institute of Building Sciences – Dialogue on National Resilience, created white paper with 10 principles (PDF attachment)
Book by Kieran Timberlake – Refabricating Architecture
Principle of “Resiliency Through Adaptability”
Todays main principle of design “Do No Harm” – same as medicine
Vitruvius’ writing on design is still relevant
“Non-linearity and dispersement is helping resiliency”
“Fail early and fail fast” – Kieran Timberlake

Ivan’s Opinion:
Resiliency is seen primarily as a system-wide defence of existing infrastructure using diversification and back-up alternatives to prevent catastrophic failures – seems to be driven and supported by government in the States.

Aleks opinion:
When outside of our everyday environment, we are thinking different. Much more practical and using instinctive survival wisdom.

We can learn from those examples about cost saving solutions that can actually make huge difference for resilience in our own community.

If we are proud of our achievements “there” why we are not doing it here, we do not deserve inexpensive solutions?

Conclusion – what we have learned:

All built on water – extreme thinking
Adaptive concepts – Collaboration
Learning from more effective techniques
Think toward resilience process
Non conventional solutions
Policies gap [restrictions] non-linear process
Hard getting parameters
Lay regulatory process
Easily rejecting long term savings
Changes to habitat – New Necessities – Retrofitting


Congratulations Members – One Year!

One year ago we registered our domain name resilience.com. Congratulations for the first successful year.
I’ve just renewed registration for another year, we are good until November 20, 2017.

Contact me if you have any questions, Aleks


Resilient Housing

Hi All,
Not sure if you subscribe to this list serf, but thought you might find this interesting.


It’s nice that they are addressing process which is essential but often overlooked. That said, communities need to know clearly what they are aiming for and have ways to measure so they know when they have arrived. Though I suspect as climate change progresses resiliency will become a moving target.




Obama – Climate adaptation

The Obama admin has just released the results of a council on climate adaptation. I’ve attached the report. I haven’t had time to read it yet so cannot say how useful it is. However, it looks like it covers a broad range of things so might help us in our thinking. Cheryl

Link to PDF document



Short recap of our meeting October 24, 2016


So a short recap of our latest meeting. First apologies this took so long. Somehow, it felt like a very busy week.

We met, Christine Doody-Hamilton, Bill Humber, Stewart Chisholm, Cheryl Bradbee, Oruba Alwan, Aleks Janicijevic, and Ivan Martinovic on Monday, October 24.

Bill presented his research proposal and indicated, despite some disarray in Seneca administration, that there is a possibility of up to $12,000 for funding. It was decided that the Seneca proposal form Part 1 of a larger research project that could be funded by multiple agencies with multiple partners.

Cheryl agreed to put together a draft proposal that will be posted on the 2:1 blogsite for corporate editing. As soon as word comes about the Seneca funding the group will need to meet again.

Attached is the first draft of the larger research proposal. It is brief, it is open to gaining length and detail as needed.

Aleks: could you post this on the blogsite and send everyone info again on how to access the draft. I have kept it as a word docx for easy editing. Just go to Review and Comments. You can view comments made by others and add comments. Once all comments are done I will produce a final copy.

For any member who finds it difficult to access the 2:1 website, please contact Aleks, he is our web administrator.

I’ve attached the proposal here so that you can see what I’ve done, but please do edits on the blogsite posting or upload your comments there. That is where I will go for the changes that need to be made.

Thanks all for your help. I think we are onto something good and important and do-able here. I am encouraged. So please read the draft and feel free to let me know all the ways you would improve it.

I just finished watching ‘Before the Flood’ on National Geographic channel on the web. It takes a terrifying snapshot of where we are and offers some hope if we get moving. 2:1 is relevant as it is both critical mitigation and acknowledges the need to develop resilience since no matter what we do, changes are here and changes are coming. Time to get to work.


Link to the Word document for members edits

Once you make any edits send it to Aleks to be reposted

Just another thing I did not get around to doing this week. Here is Oruba’s master thesis. She investigated several Canadian cities, including Toronto, and asked what software they are using especially as it relates to resilience planning. So if you want to know about the huge number of software formats Toronto is using this is your chance.  Her literature review does include a lot of what is resilience and what the current thinking is.
Link for Oruba Alwan Master Thesis, PDF