“Resilience” is an increasingly common term in recent times. Do we really know what it means?
Judith Rodin, author of The Resilience Dividend, defines resilience as “the capacity of any entity – an individual, a community, an organisation, or a natural system – to prepare for disruptions, to recover from shocks and stresses, and to adapt and grow from a disruptive experience”. But beyond such a definition, what does resilience encompass in real terms? Should city officials prioritise it? How can urban planners mould resiliency into the built environment, and what role does the community play? These are some questions we hope to explore in this issue of URBAN SOLUTIONS.