Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes

The Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes (CRCL), founded at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), uses planning and design to help communities and ecosystems adapt to the pressures of urbanization, inequality, and climate uncertainty.

Through interdisciplinary research, visualization of risk, project design scenarios, and facilitated convenings, CRCL works with public, nonprofit, and academic partners to deliver practical and forward-thinking technical assistance that advances project implementation. Through academic programming, CRCL integrates resilience thinking into design education, bringing real-world challenges into the classroom to train future generations of design leaders.

Established in 2018 with a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, CRCL extends Columbia University’s leadership in climate-related work and support of the interdisciplinary collaborations and external partnerships needed to engage the most serious and challenging issues of our time. Allied with the Earth Institute’s Climate Adaptation Initiative, CRCL works across the disciplines at Columbia University by bridging design with science and policy with the goal of improving the adaptive capacity of people and places.


The Resilience Accelerator connects cities with design expertise at Columbia University and a global network of resilience practitioners and researchers to expand the resilience value of projects, generate investment opportunities, deepen relationships between project teams across sectors, and accelerate implementation strategies.

The Resilience Accelerator aims to match the research, planning, and design expertise at Columbia with local knowledge and relationships of partner cities to advance high priority resilience projects. Focusing on projects in 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) network cities in order to help them adapt and confront the impact of 21st century challenges, the Resilience Accelerator has received generous support by The Rockefeller Foundation to:

  • Research: Deliver analysis, visualization of issues, and design in support of project development, and leverage Columbia University and other academic partners to advance resilience-based design, research, and decision-making.

  • Design: Facilitate immersive workshops that bring together multi-disciplinary teams of actors to advance strategy, project design, and implementation.

  • Network: Convene the perspective of hundreds of international and place-based thought leaders, designers, and technical experts chosen for their ability to facilitate and advise on topical subject matter.

Since the launch of the program in spring 2018, the Resilience Accelerator ran a competition within the 100RC member city network and received 27 proposals for high-impact resilience projects from around the globe. As one of the projects with which the Accelerator will engage, CRCL will integrate the third-semester Urban Design Studios with the Resilience Accelerator’s work in Pune, India and Can Tho, Vietnam to support holistic resilience planning in the Mula Mutha River Watershed and Mekong Deltas respectively.

More information can be found at

Resilience by Design University Conference, February 19, 2016
At a two-day symposium and workshop by Resilience by Design University (RBD U) on how to incorporate concepts and tools for resilience into design, with lectures from experts in a range of fields and case-studies developed by 100RC.
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