Resilience Is Not Just a Buzzword

Building resilient cities, a post-coronavirus necessity

TEHRAN – When a global disaster spreads out in the form of coronavirus pandemic, how communities will survive the aftermath crosses everyone’s mind, However, how can one particular intervention succeed in strengthening a city against epidemics and disasters?

Some economists and social scientists believe that should not be returned to the current dense life because large cities are more vulnerable to viruses and accidents.

The analysis on various incidents and crises, such as the outbreak of coronavirus and biological warfare, shows that the most affected areas are densely populated, large and crowded cities, and what mostly remains will be villages and suburbs. Accordingly, experts believe that resilient cities should be developed and prepared for the future.

Urban resilience is the ability or capacity of a city to survive and thrive in the face of disaster, any kind of disaster. It turns out that the capacities that cities or states, or nations need to survive and thrive in the face of all these different threats are pretty broad. It includes a good infrastructure that promotes mobility and sustainable transportation. It’s also cohesive communities where neighbors check in on neighbors. It’s a diverse economy with a strong middle-class jobs base. It’s good governance with multiple stakeholders at a decision-making table. All of those things help communities overcome whatever the next crisis might be…


Resilience Is Not Just a Buzzword

With everything going on in our world lately, it is no wonder we have had widespread power outages. Well, umm, no! Made you look!

The impact of power outages can range from minor inconveniences to disastrous, even during the best of times. I recently heard someone say that electricity was the foundation for continuity during the COVID-19 pandemic. I liked that and think it is true. Thankfully, we have not seen many power interruptions in headlines in our new, crazy world.

Humor me for just a minute and try to imagine our modern society without a reliable power grid. It just does not work. Our increasingly connected and digitized society almost entirely depends on the electric grid. Lack of reliable power is one of the drivers of global inequality, and we simply would be unable to have an industrious society or a thriving economy without it…



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