City Resilience Framework

Today’s new normal requires models of governance that mitigate risk and respond to evolving challenges.

The Challenge

The City Resilience Framework (CRF) is a conceptual framework, offering a common reference point for understanding what we mean when we talk about cities’ resilience. The CRF was developed alongside Arup in 2014 on the back of extensive research looking at the existing literature, at case studies, and from fieldwork. It offers an evidence-based, holistic articulation of city resilience structured around four categories:

  • Health and wellbeing of individuals (people)
  • Urban systems and society (organization)
  • Economy and society (organization)
  • Leadership and strategy (knowledge)
The framework identifies 12 key indicators that describe the fundamental attributes of a resilient system, whose relative importance is context dependent. It also outlines the seven qualities of resilient systems.

The CRF also offers up case studies of resilient cities from within the R-Cities network which have worked to address the most important shocks and stresses in their context.

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