Resilient Cities | Exploring Future City Growth & Urban Landscapes | Ep#1 | AXA Research Fund

Resilient Cities | Exploring Future City Growth & Urban Landscapes | Ep#1 | AXA Research Fund

In 1950 we had 746 million people living in cities. By 2014 this reached 3.9 billion. We expect by 2050 6.4 billion people in cities. China, India, Nigeria. These are places where we see big cities coming up. People come for economic opportunity, they don’t really think about the risks they face. The more you see climate change, the more you see extreme events become more frequent and more severe, you have more population and economic value at risk. Most cities have outgrown their original locations, so people are living in areas that are more exposed to some kinds of natural hazards. My AXA Research Project is about metrics and measurement for urban resilience. One of the key findings is that in the developing world you have very little basic data. To know exactly who you have in those areas and what they are vulnerable to, you can then start looking at then what infrastructure do we need? The data seems the first place to start. (DATA IS KEY TO UNDERSTANDING RISK IN GROWING CITIES) In a developed city the governement had more access to data, it has more policy levers it can pull, it has the private sector which functions pretty well. In a developing city, you don’t necessarily have that. It’s the role of government I think to create the right environment so that business and people take the right decisions. (AWARENESS IS KEY TO MAKING THE RIGHT DECISIONS) Awareness is a key issue. If people know the kind of risks then we’re better able to to change our behaviour on a daily basis. Do you think there’s such a thing as over-population in cities? There’s a perceived over-population. If you don’t invest adequately in infrastructure and services, people then feel that as an over-population.
(INVEST IN HEALTH, INVEST IN LEISURE, INVEST IN PROTECTION) I agree. I think that if we plan for people to come to cities, and we have the the services that are there, then it’s possible to make a resilient, liveable city. then it’s possible to make a resilient, liveable city.

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  2. "They don't really think about the risks they face." I am sure, most of them do, they just have no other choice to find a paid job. Planning city infrastructure is good but what our world really needs is birth control.

  3. Should have spent the money on contraception. Planning for Infinite growth on a finite planet is idiocy at its peak. There are 220 million who still don't have access to contraceptives and millions of rich westerners still having two or more kids each of which is a walking environmental disaster.

  4. I love a bit of an agenda, especially 21. Places like Peach Trees will be a reality in the nr future…& probably militarized cops that act as judge & executioner too, all built on the back of lies & global genocide. But at least you'll be able to open your door with your RFID chip.

  5. You'll never solve a problem if you don't face the causes, and one of them is the global demography, especially in Asia and Africa. Birth control is a necessity for all societies. "Primitive" peoples regulate themselves because they know they can't sustain a boom.

  6. Actually, it is a two-way process for me. If people are exposed to natural hazards in different urban regions, at the same time the natural coastal defenses are also exposed to anthropogenic activities particularly pollution and reclamation (in China). Therefore, we need to integrate both of these for resilient cities. Moreover, we need to change our perspective regarding natural defenses (coastal natural habitats) and must look for their defensive services to stress the conservation and restoration through urban policy implications. It has never been this much easy as today due to integrated technologies and advancements in Urban planning and designs to go for hybrid approaches.

  7. Our only promblem is that there are just to much of us, the global consumption will eliminate all natural beauty in order to grow food for all

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