We are currently living in what many refer to as the century of cities. By 2050, more than 70% of the world’s population are projected to be living in urban areas, increasingly turning cities into the focus of the world’s economy. At the same time, many of the most pressing adversities and challenges we face today arise disproportionately in urban areas. From the effects of climate change to mass migration, inadequate infrastructure, pandemics and cyber-attacks, cities stand at the forefront of the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
Of course, the challenges cities face are rarely of a single dimension. Most cities face a combination of challenges, which can contribute to further weakening the fabric of a city on a day-to-day or cyclical basis. The difficulty of sharing information on what works well without addressing these adversities across different geographies has been a considerable barrier to scaling up existing solutions. This is where networks such as 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) can help.