New England

Regional Coordinator: Reed Brockman, P.E. & Alyson Stuer, P.E.

What is Resilience?

It is January 2019 already, and we can count down on the days to this year's competition (January 26). By now most people taking part in Future City 2018-19 Competition have some kind of idea of what their model will look like. With this year's theme in mind, our models should incorporate endowing cities to make it through or bounce back from crises resulting from natural disasters, climate change and depletion of natural resources. For instance, how would you have designed Peurto Rico to avoid the devastating Hurricane Maria, or prepared countermeasures to the drying Lake Mead in Arizona which supplies water to over 22 million people, or the economic challenges that come with depleting carbon-based fuels? Sometimes is it just impossible to recover and mend naturally from these disasters, but a resilient city is prepared and will mitigate the severity of such damages. A resilient city is able to future-proof itself. Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind while designing your resilient Future City model.