With the aim of driving awareness and growth around shaping Smart Places, we are asking leading voices in the global resilience ecosystem to contribute to this discussion by sharing their insights, vision and future-forward methodologies to create Resilience in Cities.

Impacts on people and economic assets from extreme weather and natural hazards occur at different scales and on different timescales. The good news is that water risks and their impact can be reduced by taking measures and making changes in processes, practices, systems and structures that respond to both global and local contexts. These entails combining adaptation, mitigation and disaster management through climate resilient strategies, master planning and infrastructure.

Resilience in cities is about liveability

Dr Vladan Babovic, Professor in Hydroinformatics at the National University of Singapore, observes that resilience is closely linked to the concepts of both liveability and adaptability. He says, “We have to create nature-inspired solutions that will provide resilience for society. In nature, it's perfectly normal to adapt – and we have to find adaptable solutions that deal with the uncertainties with which we are faced.”


“Digital services, which are already evident in every aspect of our lives, are critical to enhancing resilience in our society.” 

Dr Vladan Babovic, Professor in Hydroinformatics at the National University of Singapore