Urban Resilience Program

Urban Resilience Program

After Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, more focus has been placed on how communities can prepare and plan for, absorb, recover from, and more successfully adapt to adverse events.

Increasingly ominous predictions from climate scientists suggest that adverse events related to climate change pose increasing risk to communities worldwide. Furthermore, the world is becoming increasingly urban, and our cities tend to lie in particularly vulnerable areas. From sea level rise to heat waves, from storm surge to drought, the adverse events threaten the built environment in ways that have serious consequences for the health, viability, and economic vitality of our future.

The Urban Resilience Program works to help communities prepare for increased climate risk in ways that allow a quicker, safer return to normalcy after an event but also an ability to thrive going forward. Through careful land use planning, wise investment in infrastructure, and smart building design, we can protect the value we’ve created in our cities and be more robust when facing adverse events.

Areas of Work

The Urban Resilience Program is funded through a generous grant from the Kresge Foundation and comprises four main areas of work:

  • Panels:  ULI will conduct six Advisory Services panels in communities around the country focusing on resilience planning
  • Research: ULI will draw from the experience of its members and partners to produce research on resilience that is strategic and relevant for the real estate and land use community.
  • Convenings:  ULI will host the Building the Resilient City conference in September 2014 to bring expert practitioners together with urban planners, local governments, and land use professionals to build practical knowledge on resilience and adaptation strategies. This conference is also partly supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
  • Grants:  ULI will award grants through its District Councils to further resilience planning and implementation in their communities.

More from the Program

Advisory Services Panel—Portland, Maine (Resilience Panel)

The panel's focus areas

The challenge presented to the ULI advisory panel is how do the cities plan for future sea-level rise…

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Urban Land Institute and Other Land Use, Urban Planning, and Real Estate Organizations Announce Commitment to Promote Resilient Planning and Building Materials

ResilienceStatement

The Urban Land Institute and other organizations representing the land use, urban planning and real estate industry have…

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Canadian Cities Take the Top Spots in Grosvenor’s Resilient Cities Research; US Cities Rank Top in Adaptability

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A report released today by Grosvenor’s research team suggests that Canadian cities could be the best bet for…

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White Paper: Resilience Strategies for Communities at Risk

Ommeed Sathe (left) of Prudential Financial and Debra Lam of Arup work on the "After Sandy" report.

In this white paper, the first in a new series on urban resilience from ULI, provides 23 core…

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ULI Announces Recipients of 2014 Resiliency Grants

Four grants totaling $80,000 have been awarded to four Urban Land Institute (ULI) district councils as part of…

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ULI Receives $800,000 Grant from the Kresge Foundation to Support Institute’s Community Resiliency Program

The Urban Land Institute (ULI), a global research and education institute dedicated to responsible land use and sustainable…

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Building the Resilient City Conference

On September 4 and 5, the ULI Urban Resilience Program will present Building the Resilient City, a conference bringing together experts in real estate, finance, climate risk, and policy.

Join ULI in San Francisco to learn from affected communities, to understand how resilience and climate change will affect your work, and to develop plans for your community to survive and thrive in the face of adversity.

Register for the conference.

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