What social insects can teach us about resilient infrastructure

January 4, 2018 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Eliza Middleton Accidents, natural disasters and random or targeted attacks can cripple human infrastructure. Our transportation networks, supply chains and communication networks are increasing in size and becoming more complex as our populations grow. How […]

Planning for yesterday: why are we building as if we live in a stationary climate?

January 7, 2016 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Will Bugler When planners, architects and designers build major pieces of infrastructure they, very prudently, consider the impact of future extreme weather events. However as thousands of flood victims in the north of England […]

Balancing efficiency and resilience: a recipe for systems that last

August 2, 2015 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Ella Jamsin Over the course of evolution, ecosystems have perfected their strategies for long-term prosperity, in particular by balancing efficiency with what makes systems resilient to perturbations. After over four billion years of natural […]

Rolling to resilience: how did skateboarding help make cities more flood resilient?

June 5, 2015 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Alastair Baglee Skateboarding and climate change resilience; what on earth can these two activities have in common? The story of skateboarding is more closely linked to climate extremes than you might think… here’s how. […]

Our wet winter showed the relevance of resilience… and how far we are from getting it right

March 15, 2014 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Will Bugler The winter weather was quite something wasn’t it? Our newspapers and TV channels were saturated with images of the kind that would have made biblical people stop mocking Noah. Reporter after reporter […]

Twelve policies to boost innovation, resilience and prosperity in cities

October 2, 2013 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Kelly McCartney Cities are ripe with sharing opportunities. That’s kind of the point of cities, when you think about it. Shared infrastructure, culture, and space are why cities are dynamos of the economy. And when citizens and […]

Green versus grey: Nature’s solutions to infrastructure demands

April 12, 2013 Get Resilient 0

Contributors: John Talberth, Erin Gray, Logan Yonavjak & Todd Gartner Substitution of nature’s services with technological alternatives has been pursued with almost religious zeal as societies have industrialized over the past three centuries. But the […]

What is resilience and why does it matter?

February 22, 2013 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Will Bugler Put simply resilience is the ability of a system to absorb shock and carry on performing the function that it was designed to do. The system can be anything from global supply […]

Burning Picassos for heat: Why we need to electrify transportation

January 12, 2013 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Kurt Cobb An oil executive once observed that burning oil for energy is like burning Picassos for heat. Oil is extraordinarily valuable as the basis for so many products we use every day that the thought […]

From efficiency to resilience

February 16, 2012 Get Resilient 0

Contributor: Deborah Frieze The following is adapted from Walk Out Walk On: A Learning Journey into Communities Daring to Live the Future Now, by Margaret Wheatley and Deborah Frieze. Efficiency has long been the holy grail of the industrial age. […]

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