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How resilient is your city?

Three years in the making and with contributions from cities around the world, the index will look at how well communities, institutions, businesses and systems can adapt and survive

Hong Kong is one of the cities in which the CRI has been tested
Hong Kong is one of the cities in which the CRI has been tested

Global consulting firm Arup has developed the City Resilience Index (CRI) that enables cities to measure their resilience. The company believes the world needs a new paradigm for how it plans its urban future and aims to motivate cities to become more future-focused and inclusive.


The self-assessment tool, developed with support from the Rockerfeller Foundation, allows policy-makers, urban planners and stakeholders to understand their capacity to address the social, physical and economic challenges they face and better prepare for the future. It examines individuals, communities, institutions, businesses and systems and how they are able to survive and adapt no matter what kind of chronic or acute stress they experience.


The tool comprises 52 resilience indicators that gives cities the opportunity to assess their preparedness and ability to accommodate current and emerging challenges through a secure online interface.


“Every city is unique, and each faces specific challenges. But, the factors that enable cities to deal with disruption are universal,” says Jo da Silva, director of Arup. “The CRI captures the breadth of issues that contribute to a city’s resilience. It provides a practical means to measure resilience, and a common language that will enable cities to learn from each other.


The index can be applied globally and cities around the world of different types and scale have contributed to the underlying research and insights. It incorporates a framework that many cities have already used to draw up resilience strategies. It has been tested in five cities: Arusha, Concepción, Shimla, Hong Kong and Liverpool.


“Cities increasingly understand that building resilience is a 21st century imperative, and now for the first time they have a way to comprehensively assess where they are strong, and where they need to improve to be ready for whatever may come their way,” says Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Institute. “The CRI was created over three years and in consultation with a range of cities globally. It is designed with rigour, and in a way that cities everywhere will benefit from using it as a planning and decision-making tool, that can help them realise a resilience dividend from investments in their growth and the wellbeing of their citizens.”


Arup is a strategy partner with 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) and which aims to enhance city resilience through a programme of activities. These include the appointment of a city resilience officer, creation of a resilience strategy in each participating city, and the sharing of knowledge and best practice through a global network of cities and service providers.

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