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The Project Support Centre is located in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster.

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Shaping new age urban systems: Energy, connectivity and climate resilience

Posted on: 21 October 2014
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An Indian business think tank has developed a Smart Cities Maturity Model (SCMM) to establish the metrics to be applied to a Future City for gauging resilience. It argues that current investment in India for its 100 Smart Cities programme must apply these to be successful, and is dangerously narrow-focused at present.

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Resilient Cities 2014 Congress. Bonn, 29-31 May 2014

Posted on: 6 October 2014
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The Resilient Cities 2014 congress report summarizes the core discussions and outcomes of the congress, and provides suggestions, lessons learned, and solutions for various aspects of urban resilience and adaptation planning. It also features numerous case studies from cities around the world, and offers current, actionable advice for local governments to create more resilient cities. Presentations are available online together with a Congress report.

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RESILIENCE. Integrating risks into the financial system: The 1-in-100 Initiative Action Statement

Posted on: 25 September 2014
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The United Nations Climate Summit, held in New York on 23 September 2014, has seen the unveiling of a coalition convened to examine how to embed climate and disaster risk stress testing within banking and securities regulation, investment and accounting practices.

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Urban resilience in Indore and Surat, India

Posted on: 23 September 2014
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Cities in Asia are some of the most vulnerable areas on earth to the impacts of climate change. At the same time rapid development makes them spaces of great innovation and vibrancy. The Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) is working to harness the creativity of urban centres in the region to increase their resilince to climate impacts. In this video we see how ACCCRN partner ‘Taru Leading Edge’ is developing city-level innovations to build resilience to the effects of climate change in Surat and Indore, India.

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Guidelines for resilience systems analysis

Posted on: 18 September 2014
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This guidance from the OECD provides a step by step approach to resilience systems analysis, a tool that helps field practitioners to: prepare for, and facilitate, a successful multi-stakeholder resilience analysis workshop; design a roadmap to boost the resilience of communities and societies; integrate the results of the analysis into their development and humanitarian programming.

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What is the scope for nature in cities?

Posted on: 29 August 2014
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Building on the findings in the Cities and Biodiversity Outlook (CBO) project (www.cbobook.org), jointly led by the UN Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity and Stockholm Resilience Centre, this Special Issue of Current Conservation has a particular focus on India, one of the most rapidly urbanising nations in the world, and cities in other countries in the southern hemisphere. It presents some examples of the meaning of nature in cities, and challenges and opportunities associated with urban nature conservation.

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7th Making Cities Liveable Conference.  Kingscliff, New South Wales, Australia, 10-11 July 2014

Posted on: 7 August 2014
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This conference examined how to plan for healthy, sustainable and resilient cities. A book of abstracts is available online.

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Transport resilience review

Posted on: 7 August 2014
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The transport resilience review is an independent study of all modes of transport and their ability to function in a wide range of extreme weather events. This review was commissioned by the Secretary of State for Transport in response to the extreme weather experienced during the winter of 2013 and 2014. The report: sets out the context in which it was conducted; gives an overview of the weather events of 2013 and 2014; and provides commentary on the expected severity and frequency of such events in the future.

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Protecting our capital: How climate adaptation in cities creates a resilient place for business

Posted on: 22 July 2014
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The latest Carbon Displacement Project report also flags the significant opportunity for collaboration between city governments and business to improve climate resilience. The benefits that business brings to cities, including jobs, tax revenue and services, are one of the drivers for cities to improve their climate resilience. Similarly, businesses are reliant on public infrastructure and environmental policies to support and guide their operations. This report shows how cooperation between cities and businesses leads to better resilience city-wide. Both sectors can benefit from a greater understanding of each other’s climate change risks, and companies can help reduce city-wide risks by embedding local adaptation needs within their business operations.

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Urban areas as systems: adapting for the future.  Birmingham, 10-11 June 2014

Posted on: 14 July 2014
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The ARCC network (Adaptation and Resilience in the Context of Change) is hosted within UKCIP and brings together research projects with a specific focus on built environment and infrastructure in the UK. the ARCC Assembly explored issues and challenges arising from research to promote a well-adapted and resilient built environment and infrastructure network. Over 120 participants heard from a variety of speakers: from European, national and local policy makers, from practitioners; and from researchers working on a diverse portfolio of research projects. Topics covered included citizens’ aspirations, handling disruption to transport systems, indoor air quality and maintaining energy supply systems. The ARCC website contains presentations and video from individual sessions, while blogs provide personal perspectives on discussions.

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