Resilient DC

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What is Resilience?

Row Houses on 15th Street, NWUrban Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.

Chronic Stresses

Stresses weaken the fabric of a city on a daily or cyclical basis.

Examples include:

  • inequality,
  • the high cost of housing,
  • climate change, and
  • stressed transportation networks.

Acute Shocks

Acute shocks are sudden, sharp events that threaten a city.

Examples include:

  • infrastructure failure,
  • heat waves,
  • cyber-attacks,
  • severe storms,
  • terrorist incidents,
  • and floods.

Building a Resilient City

A resilient city recognizes the connection between their challenges – both chronic stresses and acute shocks – and plans for them together. This results in holistic solutions that have multiple benefits, equipping a city to thrive in the face of change.