With more than 50 percent of the world's population now living cities, a timely new report published by Asia Society and Urban Land Institute presents practical strategies for cities seeking to become more resilient and more livable. Population growth, access to housing, resilience to natural disasters, and environmental sustainability are issues that all Pacific cities share in common. Recent disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated large areas of the Philippines, and concerns over air pollution in cities like Beijing and Hong Kong, highlight the urgent necessity of addressing these issues.
The report expands on key themes discussed at the Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative (PCSI) 2nd Annual Forum, held in Manila, Philippines, in March 2014. Drawing on insights from architects, urban planners, policymakers and researchers, the report assesses how good governance, disaster preparedness, planning cities for people, and building resilient infrastructure all contribute to livable, resilient cities.
The publication will be released at a San Francisco launch event: "Cities at Risk." This public panel discussion features guest experts Rafael Lopa (Philippine Business for Social Progress), Patrick Otellini (San Francisco’s Chief Resiliency Officer), and Jeffrey Heller (Heller Manus Architects), with moderator Andy Thompson (ARUP). The panel will share lessons learned between Manila and San Francisco, and discuss how their respective cities are working to address resiliency while improving livability.
Find out more about the report and download a copy here.
More information on the July 14 launch event in San Francisco is available here.