The rising tide of city resilience

February 20, 2020 by  
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Members of the now-disbanded 100 Resilient Cities initiative are back, with a new network dedicated to championing urban initiatives meant to combat the effects of climate change.

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Resilient infrastructure proposal aims to protect San Francisco Bay from rising sea levels

December 27, 2017 by  
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Looks like San Francisco’s beautiful Bay Area could be in for a major ecological makeover. SCAPE Landscape Architecture has unveiled Public Sentiment, a living infrastructure proposal that aims to create a visitor-friendly buffer zone around the bay’s most vulnerable ecosystems – made up of marshes, mudflats, and coastal edges – that would protect the low-lying zones from the imminent threat of rising sea levels . Scape’s proposal was developed for the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge , an open design competition that calls for innovative solutions to the many issues facing the Bay Area due to climate change . According to the architects, their inspiration for the proposal is based on using sediment as a core building block to create a nature-based resilient system around the bay. Related: EPA Grant Will Help Protect New York’s Salt Marshes The plan is comprised of three projects: Pilots for a Future Bay, The Bay Cushion, and Unlock Alameda Creek. Pilots for a Future Bay involves various pilot programs that would include the local community in participating in the planning process of making the area more resilient. The plan includes working with local students as environmental stewards that would help design and monitor various scientific experiments geared towards protecting the Bay Area’s ecosystems . The Bay Cushion calls for expanding on the ongoing South Bay Salt Pond initiative. Building on the project, which seeks to reduce tidal extremes around the bay, the proposal calls for creating a massive sediment reserve that links ecosystems, wildlife, and visitors to the area. The reserve would include viewing towers, outdoor mudrooms and various “sensing stations” that would run along the existing Bay Trail. Unlock Alameda Creek, which involves unlocking the sediment flows of Alameda Creek, is also an essential part of the proposal. This would include redesigning the creek’s water flow in order to restore the breeding grounds of the native steelheads. Once again, the area would be outfitted with a trail of viewing platforms to enable visitors to take in the infinite value of the bay’s valuable ecosystems. + Resilient Design Bay Area + SCAPE Landscape Architecture

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More mayors are appointing chief resilience officers

July 28, 2017 by  
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As cities take climate matters into their own hands, all 24 U.S. members of the 100 Resilient Cities Network have added the CRO title.

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Stunning geodesic domes from Romania can handle earthquakes up to 8.5 on the Richter scale

October 18, 2016 by  
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“Geodesic domes are extremely strong for their weight due to their omni triangulated surface that provides an inherently stable structure,” according to Remus Gall, the lead project manager at Biodomes. The company adds that their domes have “a natural resistance to external factors like earthquakes up to 8.5 on the Richter scale, winds up to 320 km/h due to the aerodynamic shape and loads up to 20 tonnes per point of structure.” Related: 5 great reasons to build a geodesic dome home Geodesic domes also boast a series of environmental benefits. “The spherical design results in highly efficient and effective air circulation in both summer and winter,” according to the company. With a lower surface area than conventional homes, domes are also “less susceptible to temperature changes,” making them cheaper to heat and cool. And because their shape mirrors the sun’s path, they benefit from significant natural lighting and solar gain throughout the day – a plus in winter. In summer, magnetic shades reduce thermal loads. These domes are incredibly versatile – they can be used as a greenhouse , an eco-home, as a recreational space, indoor pool or even an observatory. The images in the gallery depict the Pollux model which is 16-feet in diameter and 8-feet tall. For now the company is restricted to European installations, but it might be worth contacting them if you’re outside of Europe – maybe they can offer you some ideas if this is the way you want to go. + Biodome Systems SRL

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Hyperloop One raises $50 million and hires former Uber CFO as an advisor

October 18, 2016 by  
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In another round of successful financing, futuristic transportation startup Hyperloop One has tacked on an extra $50 million to its grand investment total of $160 million. Not only are they quickly raising funds – the firm also hired Brent Callinicos, former Uber Chief Financial Officer, to advise their CEO with how to move forward. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s49_ekUA2eg The company seems to be moving along almost as quickly as their vehicles are projected to travel. Two months ago the first Hyperloop One factory opened in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the startup still expects to have a full-scale demonstration ready to go by the first quarter of 2017. The latest round of financing, lead by the world’s third largest port operator DP World Group of Dubai , will be helpful. Greentech Media reports many groups are interested in utilizing Hyperloop One for shipping goods, with passengers to follow later. Related: Hyperloop One hits 116 mph in 1.1 seconds on first public test run CEO of Hyperloop One, Ron Lloyd, told The Verge that he is grateful for the addition of Callinicos to the team. He said, “We hope he can help us do the same things he helped Uber do in those early days.” Callinicos will serve as a “full-time strategic advisor to the CEO and board of directors,” according to Clean Technica . Callinicos brings expertise from the rise of Uber, as well as plenty of know-how from notable positions at Microsoft and Google. + Hyperloop One Via Clean Technica Images via Hyperloop One

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Paris as resilience innovator

April 11, 2016 by  
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Remarks from Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities. As prepared for delivery April 5 at Hotel de Villes, Paris, France:For centuries, the world has looked to Paris to be inspired.As the birthplace of many revolutions — in the arts, politics, philosophy and urbanism — it is only appropriate that Paris will also be at the vanguard of the next revolution: the resilience revolution.

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Gaining Green Ground

November 2, 2009 by  
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Here’s a thing not often seen in the U.S. – a “First Nation’s” Chief sanctifying an urban conference about the Resiliency of Cities

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